Dealmakers polled in May predicted that M&A in financial services, insurance and real estate (FIRE) will increase over the coming year, according to Mergers & Acquisitions' Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). (See related graphic.)

But survey participants were not as enthusiastic as they were when last polled about the sector in November, immediately following the mid-term elections. At that time, many survey participants said they believed Republican control of Congress would lessen regulation of the financial services industry, thereby boosting their hopes for the sector.

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