David Vanslette, Vice President at Roundarch, Describes How to Leverage Composite Applications to Drive a Merger Integration Strategy

To many economists, 2010 looked like the year when mergers and acquisitions (M&A) would pick up again on Wall Street. However, lackluster employment, consumer spending and credit availability have contributed to less M&A than anticipated for the first half of 2010. Yet, it is only a matter of time before M&A becomes the centerpiece of corporate growth strategies again as pent-up demand appears to exist. Any cash that has been conservatively squirreled away over the past few years of turmoil and uncertainty – think about Apple’s $42-plus billion in cash – will likely push companies to increase value to their shareholders who have largely been dissatisfied with returns during this time.

It is an understatement to say that for financial services companies, this is a very interesting time. The events that have unfolded since late 2008 will likely yield a new Wall Street – what some are calling Wall Street 2.0. Financial reform has taken on renewed importance on Capital Hill. In an effort to pay off the US government bailout money, financial services companies are being forced to sell off pieces of their business. All of these elements appear to be setting the stage for another big push on the M&A front – or quite possibly for a reverse M&A cycle as companies may be forced to sell units that they would have otherwise kept in order to diversify their portfolio of businesses. Citi selling Smith Barney, their crown jewel, to Morgan Stanley and AIG closing their financial services division are just two examples of many.

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