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M&A activity was held back during the past year by continued caution from banks, but in the absence of traditional lending, companies are finding creative ways to do deals.

No-one expects the M&A market to return to 2007 levels for some time. But the past year has offered some grounds for the hope that things are at least improving.

In the first three quarters of 2010, UK M&A totalled £62.8 billion, more than double the £30.5 billion for the same period in 2009. The total number of deals also rose to 647 over the period, 186 more than in the first three quarters of last year, according to data from the research group mergermarket. The third quarter of the year alone saw £26.3 million worth of deals, the highest value recorded since the last quarter of 2008.

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Author:Chris McIntyre,