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Merger and acquisitions 'hindered' by market volatility

Activity in the merger and acquisitions field is being hindered by the current market volatility.

17 August 2011

Market volatility has had an effect on the number of merger and acquisitions (M&A) taking place.

Ehren Stenzler, co-head of US M&A at wealth management firm UBS, told Reuters the "pull-back in the financing markets" has affected the number of deals going though.

This means negotiation skill may be required from M&A advisors in order to complete agreements.

Mr Stenzler continued by saying that in general, "market dynamics clearly aren't helpful for getting deals done".

However, he added that takeovers with a strategic element to them are still accessible for many.

Mr Stenzler used the example of Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility as evidence of this, which helped to make August 15th the biggest Merger Monday in the US since April 4th.

The $12.5 billion (£7.67 billion) will see both businesses continue to be run separately, with chief executive officer at Google Larry Page saying the two are a "natural fit".

Posted by Edel Quinn

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