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M&A activity to be strong in Scandinavia this year

Merger and acquisition activity is more buoyant in the Nordic region than other parts of Europe, it has been noted.

11 January 2012

Merger and acquisition consultants may be looking toward Scandinavia for potential deals this year, as it has been predicted the Nordic region could see strong private equity activity.

Thomson Reuters figures showed over 21 per cent of deals last year happened in this part of the world, with the zone overtaking the success of Britain in 2011, which had previously led when it came to buyouts, Reuters stated.

Scandinavia is often more popular for deals because banks are still willing to lend in the Nordic region, it was explained.

This is quite different from the environment in the rest of the continent, which the eurozone debt crisis continues to haunt.

"It's definitely a microcosm taken out of Europe," a banker that advises private equity businesses told the news provider, adding: "It's a whole different situation."

The Independent recently reported on a study by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which forecast a strengthening in merger and acquisition activity in the near future following a rise in 2011.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source, Reuters, January 11th

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