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 MA 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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