"Generally the people who do the deals earliest generally do the best deals," he added.
In terms of hostile deals, 2011 has already seen a number of big pending deals: Trian Fund Management targeting Family Dollar, valued at $6.5 billion, Valeant targeting Cephalon, valued at $5.7 billion and National Bank Greece targeting Alpha Bank AE, valued at $3.9 billion.
As a result we will see even more hostiles this year, Spatt said. "For the larger companies that have a larger profile, I think the activists are going to go after the staggered boards with more vigor than they have in the past."
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