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Strategics Strike Back

6:13 AM MST | February 13, 2012

Eastman Chemical’s $4.7-billion purchase of Solutia highlights the role strategic buyers have taken in driving chemical industry merger and acquisition (M&A) activity over the past year (p. 7). More than a dozen $1-billion-plus chemical deals have been completed since January 2011, and only one, the sale of Evonik’s carbon black business to Rhône Capital and Triton Partners, has been completed by a financial buyer. Eastman-Solutia joins a roster of $1-billion-plus transactions over the past year that includes Ecolab-Nalco, DuPont-Danisco...

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