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Global M&A Declines 14% In Q4

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International M&A volumes decreased by 14% in the final quarter of 2011 compared to Q3 2011 and were down 18% compared to Q4 2010, according to the Ernst & Young M&A Tracker, released December 23rd.

Global IPO Fundraising Down 45% In 2011

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After a promising start in the first two quarters, IPO activity dropped dramatically midway through the year, principally due to investors concerns about sovereign debt issues in Europe and Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US credit rating.



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Vodafone to offer 16 weeks paid maternity leave

Vodafone has introduced a mandatory minimum maternity policy that requires all 30 of its globally operating companies to offer at least 16 weeks of fully paid leave to expectant mothers, even in countries like the US that have no paid leave requirements.