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The Brazilian economy continues to bounce back as lower rates in interest and inflation have given a boost to Latin America's largest economy. Acquisition opportunities abound from favorable equity valuations thanks to currency depreciation and other factors while the effects of stabilized oil, gas and raw material prices imbue investors with confidence. Markets also let out a collective cheer after public officials proposed much needed reforms.
Market observers are expecting continual consolidation in the energy market, albeit at a slower pace from previous years, and in the business service subsectors, education, healthcare, I&C and consumer/retail segments. Foreign investors are also seen as accelerating the tempo at which Brazilian firms get acquired. Global transactions with Chinese buyers reached a record high of USD 208bn, of which Latin American accounted for 7.6% of those deals last year.