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Mergers and acquisitions in Belarus

As the economy has liberalised, Belarus has seen increasing amount of M&A activity with deals worth more than US $1.5 billion done in 2008 alone.

This was a large increase on previous years and included 21 cross border deals amounting to US $831 million, excluding the revenue received by the government from selling a share of Beltransgaz, its gas pipeline network, to Russian energy giant Gazprom.

The majority of deals took place in the financial sector – with 13 deals in 2008, up from nine the previous year, and the value of business in the banking sector hitting US $175 million.

Uniter expects M&A activity to grow in the financial services sector, particularly in insurance and among the banks as more are privatised under the government’s programme to liberalise the sector.

It also forecasts M&A in the general retail and food and drink sectors as competition in the consumer segment increases. Pharmaceuticals and telecommunications are also expected to be busy areas.

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