In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 photo, a sign of RBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, is seen at its office in the City of London. The value of global mergers and acquisitions deals in 2012 was nearly half the amount made five years ago, when the global financial crisis was first baring its teeth, a leading accounting and consulting firm said Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. There were a little under 37,000 deals worldwide, around 9,000 less than in 2007, when many companies indulged in a feverish bout of deal-making, many of which led to their financial ruin. Much of the blame for Royal Bank of Scotland PLC’s near-collapse in 2008, which eventually required a government bailout, was due to its over-priced purchase of a large chunk of Dutch bank ABN Amro the year before. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 photo, a sign of RBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, is seen at its office in the City of London. The value of global mergers and acquisitions deals in 2012 was nearly half the amount made five years ago, when the global financial crisis was first baring its teeth, a leading accounting and consulting firm said Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. There were a little under 37,000 deals worldwide, around 9,000 less than in 2007, when many companies indulged in a feverish bout of deal-making, many of which led to their financial ruin. Much of the blame for Royal Bank of Scotland PLC’s near-collapse in 2008, which eventually required a government bailout, was due to its over-priced purchase of a large chunk of Dutch bank ABN Amro the year before. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 photo, a sign of RBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, is seen at its office in the City of London. The value of global mergers and acquisitions deals in 2012 was nearly half the amount made five years ago, when the global financial crisis was first baring its teeth, a leading accounting and consulting firm said Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. There were a little under 37,000 deals worldwide, around 9,000 less than in 2007, when many companies indulged in a feverish bout of deal-making, many of which led to their financial ruin. Much of the blame for Royal Bank of Scotland PLC’s near-collapse in 2008, which eventually required a government bailout, was due to its over-priced purchase of a large chunk of Dutch bank ABN Amro the year before. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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