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Study reveals 'growing optimism' over global M&A

15 April 2010

A new study of senior executives has indicated that global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is set for significant growth this year.

The Capital Confidence Barometer from Ernst & Young reveals 57 per cent of businesses believe they are likely or highly likely to make an acquisition over the next 12 months - up from 33 per cent six months ago.

Meanwhile, 76 per cent of organisations said they are now focused on growth, suggesting interim assignments could be on the up as changes to corporate structures increase.

In the UK, just over 42 per cent of respondents to the survey said they have prioritised capital allocation for future M&A activity.

"With greater liquidity, we are seeing companies more willing to make acquisitions they have previously deferred," commented Pip McCrostie, global vice-chair of transaction advisory services at Ernst & Young.

She added that the discrepancy between the number of potential buyers and willing sellers could result in more "hostile approaches" this year.

Last month, data from Thomson Reuters revealed an 18 per cent year-on-year rise in worldwide M&A activity for the first quarter of 2010.

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