Banking M&A At 11-Year Low, But Surge May Be Ahead

Law360, New York (July 26, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT) -- Financial services dealmaking is at its lowest level since 2002, according to new data out Friday, but some industry watchers are predicting an uptick, heralded by a slew of recent regional banking tie-ups and driven by tightened regulatory standards.

According to Thomson Reuters, mergers and acquisitions in the sector total $133 billion so far this year. That’s a 25 percent drop over the same period last year and marks the slowest comparable period in 11 years.

Drilling deeper, actual bank mergers are down 58 percent from...
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