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Big-Bang Chemical M&A Ends

2:26 PM MDT | June 23, 2008 | Robert Westervelt Robw@Chemweek.Com

The apparent collapse of Hexion Specialty Chemicals’ $10.6-billion bid to acquire Huntsman signals the end of the “big-bang” chemical M&A environment, at least for now. It was only last summer that the mega-deal seemed routine. Activity was fueled by an era of so-called “infinite liquidity,” in which debt was cheap, terms were easy, and deal sizes were limited only by the imagination of eager acquirers and their bankers. From late May till early August, deals valued at greater than $10 billion were announced by Sabic, Apollo...

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