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Bigger looks better in banking – M&A to surge in ’16?

Regulatory incentives to shrink banks are still far outweighed by the benefits of being big – meaning 2016 could see more consolidation in the sector. Systemically important banks are unlikely to buy each other, but the UK challengers are likely to be active, while asset swaps, disposals, and small bank consolidation could accelerate.

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