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European bankers eye M&A window

The right political environment for strategic, cross-border M&A deals within Europe might finally be here. Investment bankers know they need to make the most of it – while it lasts

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives for talks on EU integration, defense and migration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 28, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RC1703CF10F0
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Some of the shiniest optimists in M&A are those concentrating on Europe, even though it lags a few paces behind the US cycle of prolonged economic growth, full equity valuations and rising rates.

In Europe, executives of companies with repaired balance sheets are basking in economic stability and revived growth, as well as plentiful available financing at historically low interest rates, all of which boosts confidence.

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Colm Donlon, Morgan Stanley 

“But perhaps most importantly you have a political vision that encourages core Europe to come together, partly to protect against the downside of Brexit and partly to compete with US and Asian regional champions,” says Colm Donlon, co-head of M&A for EMEA at Morgan Stanley.


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