Sharing deal insights - European Financial Services M&A news and views, February 2012

Sharing Deal Insight provides perspectives on the latest trends and future developments in the financial services M&A market. In this edition, we look at what the mixed picture we have seen in the M&A market in recent months tells us about what to expect in the year ahead.

2011 as a whole was the quietest year for European financial services M&A since this publication first appeared in 2003. Yet the final quarter saw a flurry of transactions, making it one of the busiest quarters since the end of 2008.

Looking ahead, the sovereign debt crisis will continue to provide a strong catalyst for deal activity, both defensive and opportunistic. While immediate economic and regulatory concerns will continue to dominate the agenda in 2012, forward looking businesses are also going to be using acquisition to position themselves for the changing industry landscape ahead.