Asia posts record M&A volumes in second half of 2012

Despite fewer deals, the value of Asia (ex-Japan) M&A set a new half-year benchmark from July to December.

A total of $234 billion of M&A was announced during the last six months of 2012, setting a half-year record for deal volume in the region, according to Dealogic

Big deals such as Cnooc's $15 1 billion acquisition of Nexen and Heineken’s $4 6 billion acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries helped drive a 25% increase from the $187 5 billion announced in the first half, even though the number of deals was the lowest since the first half of 2009 — during the depths of the financial crisis

One of the year’s last big deals to be announced, Charoen Pokphand's $9 4 billion acquisition of a 15 6% stake in Ping...

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