Introduction

One story has overwhelmed all others in the corporate arena over the past year: mergers and acquisitions (M&A). With interest rates at historically low levels and credit spreads close to all-time tights for much of last year, companies around the globe have been gripped by acquisition frenzy. A record-breaking $4.06 trillion worth of acquisitions were made in 2006, according to figures from Dealogic - and the market has shown few signs of slowing down this year.

This has created plenty of opp

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