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AFR Special Report: Deal Insights

AFR Special Report: Deal Insights

Last year was always going to be a hard act to follow as it was a record year for M&A globally and the strongest in Australia since 2011. But Australia has felt the bite of a serious global cooling. At a roundtable co-hosted by KPMG and The Australian Financial Review, prominent business leaders debated the issues.


Head of Corporate Finance, Deal Advisory and Global Head of Debt Advisory

KPMG Australia


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Key insights

This 'AFR Special Report' provides key insights and summarises a discussion on the topic of the evolving deal landscape in Australia across a number of articles:

  • M&A Deals Flagging after an exciting 2015 – while activity levels are down, Australia seen a source of good deals.
  • Private Equity a mid-market force – with a slow start to the year, activity now mainly in the mid-market consumer products sector.
  • Chinese Virgin bid not only Australian Move – a long term investment horizon by Chinese investors will lead also a currency gain.
  • Lack lustre performers look out, activists are on the march – if unprepared for an approach companies could find themselves with a weakened share price.
  • Good Guys play highlights rarity of dual track sales – trade sales versus IPOs the pros and cons debated.
  • Cool heads needed on the hot topic of foreign investment – chopping and changing on the sentiment of privatisations drives down confidence and consistency is needed.

Roundtable participants

The panel included KPMG leadership and key industry leaders:

  • James Dunn, AFR, as facilitator
  • David Heathcote, Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG
  • Peter Turner, Co-Head of M&A, KPMG
  • David Willis, National Head of Private Equity, KPMG
  • Russell Smith, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Mike Everett, Partner, Reunion Capital
  • Geoff Hutchinson, Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners
  • Gareth Banks, Director, Champ Equity and chairman of AVCAL
  • Philippa Stone, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.


Read the AFR Special Report on Deal Insights.

Online edition

Visit the AFR website to view the online edition of this Special Report.



Produced in association with the Australian Financial Review.

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