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Merger and acquisition activity 'will rise in coming years'

M&A activity is set to increase in the near future, an expert has said.

07 September 2011

Merger and acquisition (M&A) consultants are set to enjoy an increased amount of demand for their services in the near future as the world recovers following the recession.

That is according to Neasa Quigley, head of corporate finance at Carson McDowell, who believes the M&A market is already beginning to look more healthy in the aftermath of the global economic downturn.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Ms Quigley noted that there is a "general consensus" within the business community that "valuations are now at a level which is likely to mean we see a significant increase in M&A in the coming couple of years".

The expert went on to indicate that factors such as better lending from banks and the higher amount of cash on large multinational companies' balance sheets represent "important ingredients for global M&A to increase".

Recently, research by Dealogic revealed the first eight months of 2011 saw a 19 per cent rise in M&A activity in the technology field, the Financial Times reported.

Posted by Ron Maverick
 

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