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High level of global M&A activity shows no signs of abating

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Andrew McGrath
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

The M&A opportunity set has increased substantially in the past few months. In the first quarter of this year, the total value of global M&A amounted to $599bn ($344bn domestic, $255bn cross-border), up 32% from Q1-2013 and up 5.7% from Q4-2013, according to MergerMarket. April alone saw more than $250bn of transactions announced or proposed, by far the largest amount of situations seen in recent history. Momentum continues daily, and Burren Capital Advisors sees no sign of this momentum letting up.

Andrew McGrath, founder and CIO of Burren Capital Advisors, an emerging event-driven fund management firm, talks to Opalesque about the current M&A activity. He believes the current high level is here to stay - at least for a few years - as companies are finally confident enough to use their excess cash and take some risk by either freeing shelved deals or creating new ones.

Opalesque: What is driving the current high level of global corporate activity and how is your fund (the Burren Global Arbitrage Fund) navigating it?

Andrew McGrath: The investment focus is hard catalyst, global equity event driven. We primarily focus on events that have been formally announced and......................

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