Sharing deal insights - European Financial Services M&A news and views, March 2013

In this edition, we look at the prospects for deal activity in 2013 and the pockets of opportunity that are attracting investor interest from around the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa is high on the list of markets targeted for growth. Nigeria in particular offers scope for significant deal activity, fuelled by further restructuring in its banking sector. How can buyers capitalise on the potential?

Asset management in the oil rich Gulf is another potentially attractive market, though fortunes for incoming firms have been mixed. What strategies could provide better prospects for success?

Restructuring within Europe offers a range of further opportunities. The focus in this edition includes rights issues in the Greek banking sector, the search for a broader customer base among French mutual insurers and the openings created by the changing financial services landscape within Belgium and the Netherlands. We also look at how loan portfolio transactions are becoming an increasingly important strategic tool, both for buyers and sellers.