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Merger is heating up

For years, the non-tech sectors have looked with envy at the dominance of internet platforms like Facebook, Google and Amazon. These modern success stories benefit from network effects that enable them to operate at unprecedented scale, serving billions of users and generating billions in profits.

Boardroom confidence, cheap debt and record stock prices have spurred a wave of activity that left global dealmaking at a record high of $3.2tn. Companies are racing to remake themselves by snatching trophy assets or consolidating with rivals before the business cycle turns.

RewinAnder Research: Merger is heating up

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