The level of deal activity in the European financial services market plummeted to a 6 year low in 2009. However, a restructuring-led wave of deal activity has started to gather momentum across the financial services industry and the private sector is predicted to see a resurgence in M&A activity through 2010.
Despite the absolute decline in the value of transactions, private sector deals accounted for a growing proportion of the total. Government-led transactions, declined to 24% of total deal value in the second half of 2009, compared with 58% for the first half. Cross border activity as a proportion of private sector deals increased to 65% from 41% in 2008.
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