Partner Gary Gilson was quoted in an article regarding the climate for mergers and acquisitions. Mergers & Acquisitions group leader Gilson said he believes the forecast looks promising for the remainder of 2011, and that mergers and acquisitions opportunities are on the rise. The article touches on three variables contributing to this forecast: rising demand for deals by private equity firms, an extension on the Bush tax cuts until 2013, and a rising number of baby boomer business owners ready to sell. In spite of continuing market challenges such as rising gas prices, home foreclosures and the Japanese market crisis, Gilson remains confident that overall, the economy is improving. "I'm not nearly as concerned about that now as I was six months ago," he said.