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Eye on India: 2017, slow year for M&A

2017 has been a mixed year for mergers and acquisitions in India. On one hand, we saw private equity deals surging to their highest ever, but on the hand, we witnessed a 30 percent slow down in M&A activity across the board.

2017 has been a mixed year for mergers and acquisitions in India. On one hand, we saw private equity deals surging to their highest ever, but on the hand, we witnessed a 30 percent slow down in M&A activity across the board. Industry has stayed cautious waiting for clarity on key economic reforms, the goods and services tax, the bankruptcy code, to name a few. A slowing economy did not help deals street much either, but will 2018 be better? As the country moves into election mode, there is a promise of more economic reform, further easing of regulatory hurdles plus the government has lined up a massive disinvestment plan of over Rs 70,000 crore which could add more sheen to the glistening capital market.

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