Is M&A back in play?

There are reasons to hope for a pick-up in merger and acquisition, as well as IPO, activity in Australia this year after a horror 2012. But the list of possible deals far outweighs the probables.

Survey after survey consistently showed through the last year that the total value of deals was about half that of 2011, with volumes also well down. Perhaps the number 13 will prove to be luckier than 12.

There’s a growing sense that the sector most likely to feature as an M&A headliner is listed investment property.

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