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M&A activity returns to boardrooms

9 September 2009

A series of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global business world have sparked hopes that activity has returned to corporate circles.

The merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange, alongside Baker Hughes' $5.5 billion (£3.3 million) takeover of BJ Services and Kraft's £10 million offer for Cadbury, has led some commentators to believe that boardrooms are regaining confidence.

Paul Parker, head of M&A at Barclays Capital, explained to the Independent that the current business environment, where valuations are low and outlooks positive, can provide companies with the perfect opportunity to increase their market share.

He told the newspaper: "This has been a sharper, deeper and more painful cycle than others ... but it is all very consistent with the troughs of the early 1990s and M&A follows GDP and, as GDP turns, so does M&A."

This rise in M&A could lead to increased demand for executives specialising in interim management, as corporations search for highly experienced candidates to fulfil specific positions during transitional periods.

Paul Botting, managing director of Odgers Interim Commercial added "significant numbers of interim assignments are generated each year by M&A work".


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