Private equity merger deals surge

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Australia saw 583 merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions worth $125.2 billion in 2018, with the private equity sector marking the highest year-to-date value and playing a significant role in Australia’s economic development, according to Mergermarket.

The 2018 Australian Private Equity Trend Report noted that the total number of M&As had decreased, with 35 deals fewer than the year before, with a worth of $85.6 billion.

Private equity activity however surged, registering $28 billion for 72 buyouts, rising 85.2 per cent from the year before with $15.1 billion covering 67 deals.

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