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Trends in International M&A in 2012: A Mid-Year Review

As we move towards the end of the summer, we take stock of the international M&A environment and trends that we have experienced through the first half of 2012 and set out our expectations for the second half of the year. Whilst the global economic downturn and Eurozone sovereign debt issues undoubtedly continue to have a significant effect on M&A activity, there are some signs for optimism for the latter half of 2012, particularly with respect to in-demand sectors and territories. In this article, we examine the M&A drivers and fundamentals that are in place as well as the headwinds that are countering them.

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