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Foreign firms to seek China M&A opportunities in 2010

Chinese companies will attract the lion's share of inbound M&A this year, according to FinanceAsia readers.

China looks set for an MA boom in 2010, according to respondents to a FinanceAsia web poll. Almost half the 128 voters said that China will be the most popular country in the region for foreign acquirers this year.

That prediction is already on its way to being fulfilled, according to Dealogic, a market data provider. Inbound MA hit a new record in China this January, with $13 billion of deals announced. This is more than double the volume in the same month in 2009 and 26% up on the previous best January on record -- January 2008 -- when $10.4 billion worth of deals were announced.

In total, 45% of respondents...

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