Deals wrap: Exchange consolidation

October 25, 2010

A man is reflected in the sign outside the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) building in central Sydney August 23, 2010. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Singapore Exchange has agreed to an $8.3 billion deal for Australia’s ASX. The first major consolidation of Asia-Pacific exchanges faces regulatory hurdles, including getting Australia’s parliament to lift a 15 percent ownership cap on the ASX. *View article *View article on SGX’s CEO *View graphic on world’s top 10 exchanges *View WSJ article

Communications cable maker CommScope said it is in talks with private equity firm The Carlyle Group to sell itself. It is the latest sign of resurgent acquisitions for private equity firms, which are under pressure to invest billions of dollars of capital raised in the past few years. *View article

Wind farm owner and operator First Wind Holdings, which is planning a $300 million IPO this week, may be a risky bet in the current energy climate, write Clare Baldwin and Scott Malone. *View article *View article

Tech behemoths rushing to fill holes in their portfolios may buy up most of the remaining public security software companies over the next 12 to 24 months, according to tech investment bankers and analysts, writes Nadia Damouni. *View article

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