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Private equity versus the strategic acquirer

When private equity firms and strategic acquirers meet on the M&A battlefield they come packing very different strategies and artillery. Who has the advantage?

Some strategic players, such as Cisco and Mittal Steel (above), were able to master the acquisition game in the past and create major value.

WITH private equity (PE) sitting on an estimated US$3.6 trillion of assets under management, including US$1.2 trillion dry powder (money raised but not yet invested), M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activity in 2015 is expected to be more frantic than ever and corporate acquirers should be...

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