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In 2014, global M&A transaction volume grew to a post-2007 high in value terms, driven by large deals. The US, the world's biggest M&A market, will likely remain the chief driver of global M&A activity, but the impact of recently revised US tax rules and changes in the funding environment bear close watching going forward.
Market participants and infrastructure providers will soon agree on a target date for migration to T + 1 settlement of JGB trades. Both must upgrade their systems to accommodate a shorter settlement cycle in the aim of not only reducing settlement risk but also strengthening Japanese financial markets' international competitiveness.