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M&A Snaps Back

8:51 AM MST | February 25, 2011

Improved industry earnings, loosening credit markets, and cash-heavy balance sheets have fueled a strong recovery in chemical M&A activity. Europe is in the spotlight in early 2011 with assertive moves by DuPont, in a $6.3-billion bid for Danisco, and Clariant, with a €2-billion offer for a controlling stake in Süd-Chemie ( p. 23). An unwilling seller and poison pill may have thwarted Air Products’ hostile bid for Airgas ( p. 5) but M&A looks set to continue to accelerate in 2011 ( p. 25). Some $36 billion in chemical deals, including...

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