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11:48 AM MST | January 14, 2008 | Kerri Walsh

M&A volume in the chemical industry will be down in 2008, driven by a decline in large-level private equity deals, investment bankers say. M&A activity will advance at a healthy pace, however, led by small- to mid-size deals valued at up to “several billions of dollars,” bankers say. Last year was the strongest year in terms of activity and volumes, Merrill Lynch (New York) says. Interest by specialty chemical makers that plan to grow through selective acquisitions will drive the small- to mid-size deals, says Leland Harrs, managing director...

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