Trends In M&A In 2012

Law360, New York (January 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST) -- With buyout firms and others looking to spend the better part of $1 trillion, dealmakers are predicting a very busy 2012 for mergers and acquisitions, but attorneys warn that increased antitrust scrutiny and European debt woes could prevent it from being a merger-studded year.

Dealmakers like Warren Buffett are making outsized wagers, and financial CEOs like Lloyd Blankfein are already predicting a 2012 economic snap-back, in the form of a bull market that could, in turn, trigger a parade of eye-popping mergers.

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