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M&A activity 'bouncing back in 2011'

11 January 2011

flurry of transactions completed in the first few days of 2011.

Global M&A volumes have topped $83 billion (£53.3 billion) already this year after deals worth $34 billion were announced on Sunday and Monday (January 9th and 10th), the Financial Times (FT) reports.

In comparison, the same period of 2010 saw reported transactions valued at $67 billion.

Global head of M&A at Morgan Stanley Rob Kindler told the FT on Sunday that deal-making should gain momentum this year, particularly if major transactions make a comeback.

Although deal volumes picked up last year, the absence of so-called "mega-deals" was noted by many experts.

"There were surprisingly few big deals in 2010. If those return, then 2011 could prove a bigger year still," Mr Kindler commented.

Meanwhile, new figures from Thomson Reuters have shown that global M&A totalled $2.4 trillion in 2010, up 22.9 per cent on the previous 12 months.

The energy and power sector was the most active industry in terms of deals, accounting for 20.6 per cent of announced transactions.

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