The tide is turning for mergers and acquisitions

Up until recently, historically low levels of debt and cheap equity appeared to fuel a bumper year for M&A transactions, but the withdrawal of two big deals this week suggests a fresh bout of instability.

Much is being made offshore of the $US100 billion-plus of merger attempts that were taken off the table in the US this week. What has been a tide of global mergers and acquisitions activity this year may have reached its high point.

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