Execs Predict Deep Cash Piles Will Keep M&A Rolling

Law360, New York (October 30, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Widely available capital and a generally bright U.S. economy have executives excited about deal-making prospects in the coming year, when they predict privately owned companies will dominate the mergers and acquisitions marketplace, according to a Dykema Gossett survey published on Thursday.

Companies that shied away from the bargaining table during the recession and the first stages of the global economic recovery have roared back this year, many of them putting large cash piles to work on acquisitions. Firms had a combined $1.8 trillion on their balance sheets at the end of last year, up nearly 14 percent from 2011 figures, according...

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