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Mergers and acquisitions advisors in demand as global takeovers rise

International M&A was worth $1.75tr for first nine months of 2010

11 October 2010

Demand for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisors could increase as new research shows that the number of global takeovers continues to rise.

International news agency Thomson Reuters has revealed that the value of international M&A reached $1.75 trillion (£1.1 trillion) during the first nine months of 2010, an increase of 21 per cent compared to last year.

The new figures represent the strongest nine month period for M&A since the third quarter of 2008.

Neil Masterson, global head of investment banking at Reuters, claimed market conditions are considerably better today than at the start of the year.

He said: "Confidence is returning in deal-making and the drivers of activity, such as the renewed impetus of financial sponsors, a return to strategic M&A and a robust corporate bond market, are complimented by the ever-increasing importance and presence of the emerging and fastest growing markets on the world stage."

Overall, emerging markets accounted for 27.4 per cent of the total volume of international deals, a rise of 21 per cent from last year. 

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