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The number of Latin American merger and acquisition deals - and their value - grow significantly.

BY JOACHIM BAMRUD

Latin America registered an M&A bonanza last year following a weak 2005. The number of deals went from 505 in 2005 to 761 last year, an increase of 50.7 percent. More importantly the value went from $41.6 billion to a whopping $110.9 billion, a 167 percent increase, according to data from Thomson Financial.

"2006 continued to be a very strong year for the global M&A market, including Latin America," says Sergio Galvis, Latin America coordinator at New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell, a leading legal advisor for Latin American M&As.

Energy dominates the list of the top 100 M&As in Latin America, followed by...

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