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2015 Financial Services M&A, selected opportunities
Our Financial Services M&A predictions highlights seven selected opportunities for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in 2015. Our prediction is that there will be a further increase in M&A activity across Europe in this year.
7 selected opportunities for 2015
- Asset finance
M&A in the sector will be driven by bank divestments, new entrants, regulatory changes and the opportunity to create operational scale and growth in 2015.
- Consumer finance
We expect regulatory developments in the sector to result in M&A through consolidation as business seek to protect profits.
- European Life insurance
M&A activity will increase in 2015, driven by regulatory and political change and an increased focus on market consolidation.
M&A activity will continue to be considerable as new technologies become widespread, regulatory change creates market opportunities and as investors recognise the globalisation potential available.
- Impact of the Asset Quality Review
With concerns of capital strength and balance-sheet transparency removed by the AQR and stress tests, we expect a greater focus on legacy issues and core profitability to generate M&A in 2015.
- Reinsurance broking
We think that pressures facing reinsurers will continue to increase, leading to uplift in M&A activity.
- Third-party mortgage administration
We think that growth in this market is likely to accelerate in 2015, resulting in further consolidation of the industry.