M&A activity to direct deal flow

Australia''s debt and equity markets in 2005 will be influenced by companies needing to fund M&A transactions, says Kevin Skelton, country head of Merrill Lynch.

An 18-year Merrill Lynch veteran, Kevin Skelton has worked for the firm in New York, London, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne where he has been responsible for domestic and cross-border corporate advisory, equity issues and debt financings. He is now country head and chairman of investment banking in Australia, and here he speaks with FinanceAsia about the firm's strategy for the market.

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Skelton 2004 was a banner year for Merrill Lynch. We made record profits across our global markets and institutional businesses. Our global private client business was also a strong performer - doing better than many of...

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