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Singapore’s M&A market led by real estate sector

by Andrea Waitrovich

Singapore-based mergers and acquisitions totaled $88.1 billion in 800 deals thus far this year, led by M&A in the real estate sector, according to a report by global valuation and corporate finance adviser Duff & Phelps.

But while 2016 saw 17 percent more M&A deals than the previous year’s 685 transactions, values declined 15 percent from a record $103.8 billion in 2015.

The real estate sector was the largest contributor to mergers and acquisitions, at close to 30 percent of the total volume, with high-profile transactions such as GIC’s acquisition of a logistics portfolio in the Czech Republic worth $2.7 billion.

This year’s performance was sustained mainly by sizable M&A transactions involving GIC and Temasek in consortium as well as stand-alone investments, complemented by other notable deals, such as French shipper CMA CGM’s acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines, Singapore Telecommunications’ stake acqui

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