Sharing deal insight: European Financial Services M&A new and views, May 2012

In this edition of Sharing deal insight, we look at whether an unusual quarter in the deal market is likely to be a one-off or a portent for the rest of the year. The other main focus of this edition is the prospects for private equity investment in European financial services.

Private equity acquisition in European financial services has fallen back since the surge in activity seen between mid-2010 and mid-2011. Yet interest will continue in a sector that makes up a significant element of the European economy and in which restructuring and regulation are bringing attractive targets to market. New regulation will create further complexity, but will also open up fresh opportunities.