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Middle East unrest to delay regional deals: StanChart

Middle East unrest to delay regional deals: StanChart

Expect regional deal activity to be flat compared to last year; restructuring-related M&A deals to take more time; lender focusing on fragmented industries for deals

March 21, 2011 6:07 by

Regionally, the UAE still accounts for a significant part of the overall M&A space but Qatar and Saudi Arabia are also gaining prominence, according to the executives.
“Within MENA, the fee value for M&A in broad terms is 40 percent UAE still. Getting deals done in Saudi is quite difficult but it’s the elephant in the room. Qatar clearly is on an outbound buying spree,” Shah said.
M&A fees accounted for 47 percent of the overall activity in 2010, down from 55 percent in the previous year, according to Thomson Reuters league tables.
(Written by Dinesh Nair, Editing by Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

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