Orders still bullish

ABN AMRO supremo, Richard Orders talks M&A.

Last year you predicted a substantial lift in the level of M&A activity in Asia, are you still bullish
Yes, I think the restructuring story still has a lot of momentum There's pressure on businesses to increase critical mass and market dominance through consolidation , and on conglomerates to focus on core competencies So the difficult conditions of the last 12 months have helped the M&A business

If equity capital markets come back in the first six months of the year, will that impact M&A

Yes, it will More financing avenues will be available through the equity capital markets So we might see more cash deals Last year, we saw a lot of paper transactions...

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