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M&A conditions 'could be set for rise'

23 September 2010

Opportunities for interim management staff could be set to increase in the UK as a result of a potential pick-up in industry conditions for merger & acquisition (M&A) deals.

Sybren Brouwer, the head of equity research at ABN Amro Private Banking, has told Bloomberg such deals could be set to increase as a result of a "low-interest-rate environment, relatively strong corporate balance sheets and cash flows and low valuation multiples".

The finance expert made the comments during a week which saw the FTSE 100 and 250 climb, due to the performance of firms such as Cairn Energy and Wellstream Holdings.

Mr Brouwer added that he believes the current M&A-friendly conditions will persist in the next six to 12 months.

He explained the current outlook is "constructive for equity investment, offering investors a favourable return for the risk taken".

This comes after figures from Thomson Reuters for July and August 2010 show M&A activity worth a total of £94 billion took place, one of the highest two-month figures on record.

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