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Large firms 'targeting emerging economies for M&A'

20 May 2010

Major businesses are increasingly looking to achieve growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in developing countries as they emerge from last year's recession.

According to the Financial Times, much of this year's notable M&A activity has focused on the "fast-recovering" economies of emerging nations, rather than companies in the US, Europe and Japan.

Data from business information group Dealogic shows the value of deals involving foreign firms in developing countries has already reached a total of $137 billion (£95.4 billion) this year, compared with $179 billion for the whole of 2009.

In addition, analyst Yael Selfin of PricewaterhouseCoopers told the newspaper that large companies based in emerging economies are becoming more influential in the global M&A market.

"Multinationals from emerging markets are particularly active because they benefit from strong growth in their home markets, unlike their western counterparts," he explained.

Data published by Thomson Reuters earlier this year revealed that the total value of M&A in Asia surpassed European-based deals for only the second quarter on record in the first three months of 2010.

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