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Ten trends in mergers and acquisitions in 2011

Midway through 2011, the factors impacting significant M&A activity are still in play, perhaps even more so. On the sell-side: Private equity funds seek to maximize long-held portfolio investments. Corporations have an unprecedented war chest for strategic and value acquisitions. On the buy side: PE funds have dry powder to put to work, and sellers have adjusted valuation expectations. Banks are out of intensive care --- credit is once again available and on reasonable terms. Below is our take on the 10 significant trends shaping the landscape.

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