There will be more mergers and acquisitions in the REIT space next year, Mark Decker Jr., managing director of real estate investment banking with BMO Capital Markets, predicted at REITWorld 2012: NAREIT's Annual Convention for All Things REIT. There are a number of private, large equity funds that have just closed new funds, he says, and a number of REITs with very attractive currencies. "Then there are some companies with less attractive currencies, and I think those are all the ingredients for some very active M&A."

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