Bidders are swinging hard for assets in M&A frenzy

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 10-Oct-18

Data from Dealogic shows that some $US88bn ($124bn) worth of mergers and acquisitions have been announced in Australia so far in 2018. This compares with $US89.3bn for the whole of 2017. Bankers and lawyers expect M&A activity to remain strong, with cashed-up local private equity firms competing with foreign players. Recently announced M&A transactions include KKR’s bid for MYOB and Affinity Equity Partners’ deal to buy Scottish Pacific Group.

CORPORATES
DEALOGIC (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, KKR AND COMPANY LP, MYOB GROUP LIMITED – ASX MYO, AFFINITY EQUITY PARTNERS (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, SCOTTISH PACIFIC GROUP LIMITED – ASX SCO, PACIFIC EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, LIFEHEALTHCARE GROUP LIMITED, NEXTDC LIMITED – ASX NXT, ASIA PACIFIC DATA CENTRE GROUP – ASX AJD, APA GROUP – ASX APA, CHEUNG KONG INFRASTRUCTURE HOLDINGS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL, WESTCONNEX, WESTFIELD CORPORATION, MINTER ELLISON, SIRTEX MEDICAL LIMITED, CDH INVESTMENTS FUND MANAGEMENT COMPANY, GREENHILL AND COMPANY, NM ROTHSCHILD AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD

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