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Healthcare to drive M&A growth this year

15 May 2009

Many business leaders believe the healthcare sector will account for much of the upcoming merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.

Research by the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) and Thomson Reuters found that significant restructuring is also likely to take place in manufacturing and financial services.

This could mean that interim managers who are experienced in handling transitional periods in a company's life will be in strong demand.

Indeed, ACG vice chairman Dennis White, said that while the M&A environment has stalled at the moment, it is likely to pick up in the near future.

"The anticipated increase in activity will be led by sales of distressed companies to bargain-seeking private equity firms and strategic buyers," he commented.

However, he said this would be partly dependent on the easing of restrictions in the credit market, as well as an improvement in the economy.

This week, Bank of England governor Mervyn King warned that the current downturn could in fact last longer than the government predicted - which he blamed on the reluctance of banks to lend to consumers and businesses.

Categories: Financial Management


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