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M&A volumes 'set to rise by 8% in second quarter'
The number of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) could increase by eight per cent in the second quarter of the year, Deloitte has claimed.
In a new report, the business advisory firm said it expects to see up to 7,500 deals completed by the end of the quarter. This would be 560 higher than the total for quarter one.
Deloitte said present company valuations are attractive to deal-makers, both in the US and the UK. With equity markets having performed strongly since the start of 2013, companies may have to move quickly to secure deals before these valuations rise.
"Global equity indices are close to record highs and market volatility has not been this low since May 2007, all of which points towards growing optimism," said Richard Lloyd-Owen, the company's lead partner for M&A Services.
"It seems as if corporates are loosening the purse strings to secure growth and returns," he added.
Deloitte expects improved conditions in the US, where consumer confidence and housing prices have rebounded, to have a knock-on effect and drive greater M&A activity in the UK.
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