acquisitions round-up shows the continuing trend for consolidation
as organisations pursue scale economies. At the same time, private
equity firms are increasingly eyeing up the potential for returns.
Ann Tierney reports.
As the implementation date of the Single Euro Payments Area gets
closer, the trend for consolidation in Europe continues as
organisations look to achieve economies of scale through increased
transaction volume and value. Mega-deals such as the proposed
Barclays/ABN AMRO merger are aiming to exploit market synergies and
operational rationalisation. Meanwhile, private equity funding is
increasingly making itself felt, particularly in payments systems,
with deals such as KKR/First Data, Blackstone/Alliance Data,
Warburg Pincus/Metavante and Welsh, Carson, Anderson &
Stowe/TransFirst and Thomas H Lee/Ceridian dominating
The table below details major global deals announced over the
past nine months.