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According to Bloomberg, 2011 M&A deal volume in the technology industry surpassed $200 billion. Technology deals saw a gain of 36 percent outpacing an advance of about 4 percent for all M&A worldwide. Indicators suggest industry takeovers in 2012 could surpass the recent 2007 high. In 2007 takeovers reached $264.4 billion, the biggest year since 2000’s record high of $585.2 billion.
Consumers and workers alike are becoming increasingly mobile and cloud-based service providers are looking to extend cloud access from desktop and laptops to mobile devices and tablets. Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Google and HP are looking for deals that will provide increased storage, analytics and security for enterprise in the cloud.
How important is deal knowledge? What pieces of information will give you, as the buyer or seller, the leg up on getting the best possible deal done? One of the easiest places to gain information that will give you the edge -- your virtual deal room.
When you select a virtual deal room, rather than leaving it up to the other parties, you gain the advantage. And when you select the right virtual deal room provider, with the right reporting capabilities, your advantage is magnified.
Global M&A activity in the mining sector grew by about 50 percent last year to surpass $US100 billion, according to KPMG.
Copper producer and Firmex customer, Quadra FNX Mining was part of the largest Canadian deal in the final quarter of the year. They received a cash offer valued at $CDN3.5 billion from Poland’s state-controlled copper miner, KGHM Polska Miedz.
Close to one third of metals companies surveyed by KPMG expect to expand through mergers and acquisitions over the next two years. Canadian companies are expected to continue to be the primary targets. In the final quarter of 2011, Canadian firms made up 21% of the global M&A value in the mining sector. Total activity in Canada is up 30 percent year-over-year to about $US34 billion.
Today we enjoyed an in-depth outlook of the M&A Market in 2012 with Dennis Roberts, author, Chairman and CEO at The McLean Group. His insights into how cross-border deals, technology, healthcare and an aging baby boomer population are affecting the M&A landscape, were invaluable.
Dennis spoke to the impact of new technologies on business, citing that 40% of S&P 500 companies were not there 10 years ago. He also discussed how an aging baby boomer population has accelerated growth in healthcare, pharma and biotech. He also referenced specific data related to the last year, revealing that in 2011, one in three M&A transactions in the U.S. were cross border deals.
America's power sector is at a crossroads. Rising demand for clean forms of power is now juxtaposed against the growing need for inexpensive energy, creating a situation that is increasingly conflicted. Recent economic challenges have made decisions even more difficult for electric power producers. In 2009, electricity generation decreased 4.1 percent, settling at its lowest level since 2003, representing the largest decline in six decades. In addition to the recent economic downturn, expanding environmental policy and increasing prices of certain fuels have forced electric power producers to invest in alternatives to coal such as natural gas. Investment decisions also have been impacted by the recent accident at a nuclear power plant in Japan that, at least temporarily, diminished renewed enthusiasm for nuclear power expansion.
ASC 820 - Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures sets forth the definition of Fair Value as "The price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date". Paramount to the definition is the concept of the "Market Participant".
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The first official day of the ILTA 2011 Rev-elation Conference got off to a great start with 1200 participants in attendance.
For those who aren’t familiar, ILTA’s annual conference is a great event that brings together attorneys, legal IT professionals, practice support, litigation and knowledge management experts to share knowledge for developing new for their firm’s success. Best of all, there’s Law2020™, ILTA’s multi-year, multi-platform educational programming initiative focusing on how law firms will have to adapt in order to thrive over the next decade.
Marlin & Associates has issued our July 2011 Market Update. As you will see, it provides our sense of M&A values, activity and trends for the dozen plus technology, information and healthcare sectors that we follow.
Click here for our Market Update.
M&A activity in the US continued to pick up pace in the first half of 2011 and is expected to pick up steadily during the second half of the year, according to the PwC US Mid-Year M&A Outlook 2011. The PwC report reviewed the last 12 months, and insights I took from it aligned well with a recent analysis by Firmex that reviewed the last 24 months of Data room usage and 2011 M&A trends. Our report showed a 43% growth in data room usage by M&A advisory firms, which is a good leading indicator for future M&A deals over the next six months.
With long term demand for energy and base metals increasing worldwide, energy and mining companies are looking for innovative ways to grow at a time of economic uncertainty. From M&A transactions to attracting new capital, many firms are using data rooms to coordinate discussions with potential partners and investors across the world.
To better manage M&A deals and attract financing in innovative ways, leading energy and mining firms are using data rooms to share confidential documents like contract drafts, engineering drawings, and site photos. A properly configured data room plays a key role in coordinating secure communication across internal and external stakeholders such as board members, financers, bidders, accountants, and lawyers.
We asked our energy and mining clients to tell us about emerging trends in their industry, and how they are using virtual data rooms beyond the more traditional uses of M&A deals and corporate financing applications: