Economic Unease Killing Cash-Rich Companies' M&A Appetites

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Increasing concern about economic and political uncertainty as well as growing regulation worldwide has chilled the investment and M&A appetite for many of the world's largest firms despite a record amount of cash on hand, according to a recent study by Hogan Lovells LLP.

The study polled 160 of the largest companies in the world — grouped into the U.S., U.K., Europe and Asia regions — about future investment strategies, barriers to investment and geographic areas of interest, among other broad economic issues. Hogan Lovells found...
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