Large Private Equity Deals Rarer In 2011, Report Says

Law360, New York (April 26, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT) -- Big-ticket mergers and acquisitions dropped last year, and the deals that were pursued took longer to complete, according to a Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP study released Wednesday, hinting at a more cautious marketplace in wake of widespread economic uncertainty.

The number of deals involving U.S. enterprises worth $500 million or more dropped 15 percent between 2010 and 2011, from 20 to 17. But the biggest downturn in the two-year span occurred at the tail end of last year, suggesting the merger market's slowdown would continue....
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