Aussie firms use derivatives to build hidden M&A positions

Lack of disclosure in stake-building process raises questions


Low volatility across all asset classes has led to a tough year for Asia foreign exchange and interest rate dealers, but their colleagues across banks' Chinese walls are having a better time. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) desks have been busy, with the focus of activity on China and Australia.

Australian M&A activity is up 92% year-on-year in the period up to August 2014 to $83.4 billion, while the broader Asia-Pacific region has seen volumes increase by 63% to $463 billion year-on-year

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