Investment bankers better get ready for a busy finish to 2015 because the IntraLinks Deal Flow Predictor (DFP) forecasts an 8% jump in mergers and acquisitions in the second half of the year. 'There are really two big factors that drive the deal flow, one is the overall environment for borrowing and the cash balances on the corporate enterprises balance sheets,' said Ronald Hovsepian, CEO of IntraLinks. 'The second part of it is the drive for revenue growth. You want to get as much as you can organically, but some of it is going to come from inorganic sources.' The IntraLinks DFP tracks the number of deals that are in preparation or have reached the due diligence stage, and has been independently verified as a statistically reliable predictor of the number of future deal announcements, according to the company. Following a strong first half for early-stage M&A activity, global M&A volumes are predicted to surge 8% in the second half of 2015 compared to the second half of 2014 and by 11% for the full year 2015 compared to 2014. Hovsepian said the strongest increases in early-stage M&A activity are in the consumer products, technology, retail, media and real estate sectors.