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2012 has started on a quieter note compared to the frenetic activity that characterised the end of 2011. Such was the volume of deals in the final quarter of the year we have revised our numbers up by $10 billion. Q4 2011 is now the second most active quarter since the trough of the market in Q2 2009 (Figure 2) and 2011 is the fourth most active year on record at $418 billion. Economic and political uncertainty was at its height during Q4 2011, especially in Europe, and investors holding off on decisions in the final months of the year has impacted transactional activity this quarter.
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