Global M&A drops 24% in the first quarter of 2012 according to Ernst & Young M&A Tracker and

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Big4, is the the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC. According to the Ernst & Young M&A Tracker and as reported on by, International M&A volumes fell by 24% in the first quarter of 2012 when juxtaposed to Q4 2011 and were down 26% compared to the same period last year.

However, did see some bright spots in the tracker including the fact that the level of cross-border and cross-regional activity has been constant over the last nine quarters. Although in Q4 2011 the upward trend turned around, the first quarter of 2012 saw both cross-border and cross-regional activity increase to 32% and 20%.

"The market uncertainty of late last year has clearly impacted transaction activity in Q1 of 2012,” said Dave Murray, Transaction Advisory Services Markets Leader at Ernst & Young. “That said, the small upswing in average deal values could indicate an increase in confidence amongst buyers – who while still cautious about undertaking transactions, are more willing to push through larger deals.”

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) was the only region where both the number of announced transactions and their total value increased in Q1 2012. reports deal volumes increased slightly by 3% whereas the total announced deal value jumped by 85%. The driver here was a number of transactions above US$500m announced. Western Europe saw a jump of 36% in terms of total deal value announced, despite a 19% dip in the number of deals announced q-on-q. While Oceania saw q-on-q deal volumes fall 29% and deal values of 44% dip as well.

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