Goldman's Leven discusses private equity and Asian M&A

In the second of our M&A interviews, Johan Leven who runs M&A for Goldman Sachs in Asia, discusses why financial sponsors are better positioned in Asia than in the rest of the world.

What have been some of the broad themes driving MA activity in Asia during the course of 2006
We have seen continued consolidation activity in the region, both cross-border and domestic. Consolidation activity now forms the base of the Asian MA market. For example, MMC CorpÆs $4.7 billion acquisition of Malakoff falls into this category as a domestic transaction in Malaysia. In outbound cross-border deals, weÆve seen CNOOCÆs $2.7 billion acquisition of a stake in energy assets...

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