In FY15 there was a reduction in overall public M&A activity relative to FY14. Despite this, there were encouraging signs that the fundamentals of the Australian market remain strong, with deal values remaining solid and some interesting and strategically important deals, particularly at the big end of town.

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Partner Paul Branston discusses the findings of the 7th annual Herbert Smith Freehills Australian Public M&A Report 2015. The Report shows that despite a decline in deal activity in FY15, the future outlook remains promising with a lower Australian currency, favourable financing costs, and limited organic growth options making conditions ripe for fiscal 2016.