Dealmaking: Get Ready for an Upswing in 2010

Corporate dealmakers lived in "interesting times" in 2008 and 2009. In the wake of the financial crisis and the resulting Great Recession, financial institutions disappeared or changed form at an unprecedented rate, the capital markets struggled to remain functional, and central banks around the world pumped trillions of dollars into capital markets in an effort to limit the long-term damage. Not exactly an ideal environment for merger and acquisition activity. A few blockbuster deals this year periodically made it appear as if M&A were back, but never for long.

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