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Mining sector requires record number for mergers and acquisitions consultants

Gold companies remain one of the most popular targets

16 September 2010

A record number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) consultants could be required to facilitate takeovers in the global mining sector.

A new report by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has shown that there could be the largest amount of mining deals ever in terms of number and value since the record was set in 2007.

The research reveals that a total of 1,324 deals worth $104 billion were made in the first half of 2010, while 1,732 deals worth $159 billion were conducted during the whole of 2007.

"No other global sector has seen such a consistently high volume of deal-making," said John Nyholt, PwC's national leader of transaction services.

"Expansion into new geographies, diversification of resource bases and an overall return to risk have characterized M&A activity in the global mining sector in the first half of 2010."

Gold, iron ore, coal, silver and copper companies are all popular targets for potential buyers, with around 40 per cent of all deals in 2010 involving gold businesses. 

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