Year-End M&A Sprint To Bring Quiet Spring, Attys Say

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 7:30 PM EST) -- A fall sprint to close deals and record profits before an expected tax hike — a rush likely reinforced by President Barack Obama's re-election — could spell a quiet start to 2013, attorneys said, bad news for a weak pipeline that has recovered slowly and unevenly since the financial crisis.

Buyers have hustled to push transactions toward the finish line before Jan. 1, when taxes will rise on investment income, barring a last-minute compromise in Washington. According to Dealogic, more than 3,600 deals have closed since...
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