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Boardrooms Get Ready for More M&A

Posted on December 20, 2011 at 12:05 AM

My 2nd quarterly comment for 'Chartered Secretary' magazine - on excessive executive pay -is now in the January 2012 issue and also on this website, under Interviews/Columns.

As we crash into Christmas the newspapers are - mercifully, as far as I'm concerned - getting thinner. No time, no time for all the disaster and mayhem around us.

But there is an interesting snippet on takeovers being high on the agenda of many boardrooms, as a survey by the Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate & Institutional banking reveals. It shows a huge rise in the appetite for acquisitions in 2011 amid a grim economic backdrop.

A whopping 58% of companies with revenues exceeding £25m are looking to acquire smaller businesses next year, which is up from a third in March this year. The same sample of just over 200 executives also said they were interested in buying or merging with similarly sized rivals - which is more than twice the number looking at this option earlier this year.

Anyone wanting to become a non-executive director should probably brush up on their knowledge of M&A. I can't put in a link to the survey , but you can get it from RBS or e-mail me if you want it.

Categories: Corporate, Behaviour, Measurement