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Mergers & acquisitions activity 'strengthening'

The number of companies hoping to merge or buy another business has risen, it has been reported.

19 December 2011

Merger and acquisition advisors may be in demand, as it has been revealed the number of people looking to do a deal has risen in the last 12 months and is likely to keep increasing.

The Independent reported on a study by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which predicted a strengthening in the market for companies looking to buy or integrate with other businesses.

Managing director of structured finance at the organisation's Corporate and Institutional Banking arm Tim Boag was quoted by the news provider as saying: "Tough times can create opportunities for mergers and acquisitions."

Since the beginning of 2011, the number of firms looking to do such a deal with an overseas competitor has more than doubled.

It looks like this interest is not going to die down any time soon, as over a half of mid and large-cap UK companies is considering purchasing a smaller business next year - a significantly higher proportion than in recent months.

This comes after the latest survey of 148 executives by the Boston Consulting Group and UBS found one in six European businesses intend to make a large-scale acquisition next year.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: The Independent, December 19th

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