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UK Merger & Acquisition Advisers Hope that Vodafone Sale Might Trigger Sustained Revival in Deal Activity

There’s a lot of talk about the dearth of Merger & Acquisition activity in the UK and overseas but this would appear to be a bit of an illusion since business confidence is still sufficiently robust to underpin near record figures for global transactions. According to Mergermarket, the first quarter of 2013 saw the value of deals total $406bn. While this was 10.3% down on the corresponding figure for 2012, the former was inflated by the multi-million dollar merger between mining group Xstrata and the commodity trading house, Glencore. By comparison, the biggest deal in the first quarter of this...