Corporate Transactions: Reasons to be confident about M&A activity

David Widger, head of corporate with A&L Goodbody, discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the Irish mergers and acquisitions market.

24th March, 2012
Corporate Transactions: Reasons to be confident about M&A activity
David Widger, head of corporate with A&L Goodbody.

The adage of "cautious optimism" has continued to influence both buyers and sellers over the past 12 months.

That said, M&A league tables suggest that the average number of deals in 2011 was around 80, with an aggregate deal value of about €14.3 billion. This represents an increase of around 5 per cent in deal volume and a noteworthy 44 per cent increase in deal value on 2010. (*Source: Mergermarket, 2012.)*

Much of this activity has been driven by inbound...

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