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M&A activity to rise by 35% in 2010

11 December 2009

The mergers and acquisition (M&A) market will increase by 35 per cent next year, according to an international research firm.

Sanford Bernstein has calculated that global M&A revenues will rise by more than a third in 2010 to $17.2 billion (£10.5 billion), before increasing further in 2013 to $22.6 billion (13.9 billion), Reuters reported.

However, the organisation does not expect activity to pass the 2007 peak within the next four years, despite improving economic conditions bolstering deal-making.

Specifically, Brad Hintz, equity research analyst at Sanford Bernstein, told the news agency that financial services will continue to be the most active sector for M&A next year - with increasing emphasis on real estate and debt restructuring.

Last month, this viewpoint was backed up by an Ernst & Young's study of 500 executives, which suggested that one-third of international businesses are likely or highly likely to acquire other companies in the next 12 months.

Pip McCrostie, global vice-chair of transaction advisory services at the company, explained that there is a "growing sense of anticipation" about M&A deals next year.

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