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M&A in 2011: A Tale of Two Halves

10:29 AM MST | February 21, 2012 | ­—Vincent Valk

Last year was, in the aggregate, a strong year for chemicals M&A, but uncertainty from the European debt crisis and weaker demand slowed the market in the second half. The equity value of disclosed deals valued at more than $25 million totaled $82 billion in 2011, surpassing 2007’s previous record by $26 billion, according to figures provided by investment bank Young & Partners (Y&P; New York). Deal values also more than doubled from 2010’s total of $39 billion, Y&P says. The prevalence of large deals is what drove the record dollar...

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