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Global M&A Deal Activity on the Rise

Third Quarter 2011
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A recent report by IntraLinks found a 24% increase in global M&A deal activity for first quarter 2011 compared to the same period last year. Every region experienced an upswing in deal activity year- over-year for the first quarter, with Latin America posting the largest gain at 39%. Meanwhile, the region that encompasses Europe, Africa, and the Middle East saw a 26% increase; Asia Pacific, a 22% gain; and North America, a 21% rise. North America was the only region to also post a sequential increase over fourth quarter 2010, at 12%. 

As Matt Porzio, vice president of M&A product marketing at IntraLinks, noted, “Despite the pressure on the U.S. dollar and the uncertain political climate, it’s very encouraging to see the North American market increasing both sequentially and year over year.”

Porzio continued, “Different regional factors, such as the unresolved debt issues in certain European markets, shifting regulatory environments, and the fallout from the Japan disaster are also impacting deal flow. At the same time … we need to understand that we essentially have returned to pre-crisis levels of activity.”

Globally, deal activity was flat compared to fourth quarter 2010, with modest increases in life sciences, industrials, and technology; a slight dip in energy transactions; and continued weakness in telecom and real estate volume. Outside of North America, sequential decreases were noted in Latin America, 1%; Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, 8%; and Asia Pacific, 22%. 

topic tags: board of directors, corporate governance, international, mergers & acquisitions

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By gnanesh ps
Great to read about the merger and acquisition activity taking place in 2011 & 2012. Just read an excellent white paper on strategies for successful merger integration http://bit.ly/pGoP25

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