Debt funding shortage blamed as UK M&A takes a nosedive
UK M&A volumes fell by more than 70% between Q1 2008 and Q1 2009 while European deal activity fell by 64% in the same period, according to Mergermarket statistics, making the first three months of this year the worst for corporate activity since 2003. Most City partners are predicting that M&A activity will continue to stagnate for the remainder of 2009, although some are now willing to admit that the bottom of the market is close. Allen & Overy (A&O) M&A partner Alan Paul said: "I am always optimistic and activity will come back, but not for the foreseeable future. We may well be at the bottom now, but we could be here for some time. The volume of traditional M&A work will not come back until bank behaviour returns to some sort of normality."
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