M&A Deals Up by 10 Percent Last Year - by Merrill DataSite

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http://www.datasite.com - A study of M&A activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has revealed that year-on-year deal numbers were up 10 per cent during 2011, with the aggregate deal value increasing by one percent.

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M&A Deals Up by 10 Percent During Last Year

A study of M&A activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has revealed that year-on-year deal numbers were up 10 per cent during 2011, with the aggregate deal value increasing by one percent.

According to research by mergermarket and Merrill DataSite, the year was split between an encouragingly busy first half and a second half slump in activity triggered by the Eurozone debt crisis and political upheavals.

Mergermarket’s Heat Chart, which tracks prospective company sales, indicates the second half of 2011 saw an 18 per cent reduction in the number of “company for sale” stories as compared with the first half.

Leading sectors for deal making included technology, consumer goods and healthcare.

The outlook for 2012 varies wildly according to country, with Germany expected to recover strongly as the Middle East suffers from instability.

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Merrill DataSite is a secure virtual data room (VDR) solution that optimises the due diligence process by providing a highly efficient and secure method for sharing key business information between multiple parties. Merrill DataSite provides unlimited access for users worldwide, as well as real-time activity reports, site-wide search at the document level, enhanced communications through the Q&A feature and superior project management service - all of which help reduce transaction time and expense. Merrill DataSite’s multilingual support staff is available from anywhere in the world, 24/7, and can have your VDR up and running with thousands of pages loaded within 24 hours or less.

With its deep roots in transaction and compliance services, Merrill Corporation has a cultural, organization-wide discipline in the management and processing of confidential content. Merrill DataSite is the first VDR provider to understand customer and industry needs by earning an ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificate of registration – the highest standard for information security – and is currently the world’s only VDR certified for operations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

As the leading provider of VDR solutions, Merrill DataSite has empowered nearly 2 million unique visitors to perform electronic due diligence on thousands of transaction totaling trillions of dollars in asset value. Merrill DataSite VDR solution has become an essential tool in an efficient and legally defensible process for completing multiple types of financial transactions.

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