NEW YORK, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Q1 2011 IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator(TM) (DFI) was released today and found a 24 percent increase in global M&A deal activity compared to Q1 2010. Each region experienced increases in deal activity year over year compared to Q1 2010 with Latin America seeing a 39 percent increase, Europe/Middle East/Africa a 26 percent increase, Asia Pacific a 22 percent increase and North America a 21 percent increase.
"Despite the pressure on the U.S. dollar and the uncertain political climate it's very encouraging to see the North American market increasing both sequentially and year over year," said Matt Porzio, vice president, M&A product marketing, IntraLinks.
However, the IntraLinks DFI found that regional growth remained flat or decreased in Q1 2011 compared to Q4 2010 with the exception of North America, which increased 12 percent sequentially.
"Different regional factors, such as the unresolved debt issues in certain European markets, shifting regulatory environments, and the fallout from the Japan disaster, are also impacting deal flow. At the same time, it's very important to recognize the year-over-year increase in all regions as a positive indicator and we need to understand that we essentially have returned to pre-crisis levels of activity," he added.
Outside of North America, the remaining regions experienced the following sequential decreases - Latin America (one percent), Europe/Middle East/Africa (eight percent) and Asia-Pacific (22 percent).
IntraLinks has been a leading global provider of M&A virtual data rooms for more than 10 years, providing a cloud-based platform that accelerates deals from the beginning to the end of the process. The IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator is calculated using the total volume of IntraLinks exchanges that were proposed for use by deal teams initiating projects during the previous quarter. The totals are then analyzed by global regions and compared to previous time periods. This report is based on observations and subjective interpretations of M&A deal activity and is not intended to be an indicator of IntraLinks' business performance or operating results for any prior or future period.
You can access full results from the Q1 2011 IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator and view video commentary at http://www.intralinks.com/dealflow.
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