78 Percent of M&A Practitioners Expect an Increase in Deal Activity Over the Next 12 Months

London - 8 July 2010

Findings from a new global mergermarket survey commissioned by IntraLinks, a leading provider of critical information exchange solutions, have found that 78 percent of M&A practitioners expect the level of dealmaking in their region to increase over the next year. The survey of 160 global dealmakers from advisory, corporate and private equity companies across the world also found that 52 percent of respondents expect an improved market and financial conditions to be the principal deal drivers behind the expected uptick in M&A activity going forward.

Highlights from the IntraLinks Global M&A Study include:

• North American dealmakers are most optimistic about deal activity – 89 percent of North American respondents expect the level of deal activity to increase over the next year. 79 percent of respondents fe el this way in Latin America, followed by 76 percent in Europe and 66 percent in Asia- Pacific.

• M&A professionals in the Americas are upbeat about the economy – A clear majority of Latin America respondents (73 percent) and North America respondents (68 percent) are positive about the prospects of the global economy in the next year. However, respondents in Asia and Europe are more cautious. Just under half of the dealmakers in Asia (47 percent) and Europe (37 percent) expressed either a neutral or negative view.

• Cross-border dealmaking will be at its strongest in Asia Pacific – 71 percent of global respondents expect Asia-Pacific to be among the top three regions set to witness the most significant levels of cross-border M&A activity over the next 12 months, with North America second at 62 percent and Western Europe third at 49 percent.

• Using a VDR adds speed and efficiency to an M&A transaction – Overwhelmingly, 80 percent of respondents consider this the main benefit of using a VDR. 62 percent of dealmakers suggest that using a VDR can shave at least a quarter off the time it takes to conduct a transaction.

“It’s very encouraging that the IntraLinks Global M&A Survey shows a significant majority of dealmakers are optimistic about the volume of pending activity, a positive trend that's supported by our recent quarterly Deal Flow Indicators,” said Matt Porzio, VP, product marketing, IntraLinks. “The survey findings also reinforce the relevance of VDRs, such as IntraLinks’ secure, SaaS-based solution, which significantly accelerate the M&A process from start to finish.”

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