Funding under pressure

Global businesses face funding challenge

Companies could struggle to finance continued earnings growth given the constraints in credit markets, according to a new study published by Allen & Overy.

Companies around the world are going to have to get creative to fund their ambitious growth plans during the next two to three years, suggests a study released today by Allen Overy, a global law firm headquartered in London. Asia will meet some of the demand, but finding the rest could be a challenge.

Worldwide, 48% of the respondents surveyed by Allen Overy and YouGovStone, a market research firm, said they expected their need for finance to increase and 45% said they expected the availability of finance to also increase. Such confidence in the availability of funding might reflect hope more than honest expectation.

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