Private equity, traders boosting mine M&A

May 01, 2013 | 01:12 PM | Andrea Hotter

Tags  Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, mining finance conference, Carlos Urquiaga, BNP Paribas, mergers, acquisitions, M&A, Andrea Hotte

NEW YORK — Private equity and trading firms are stepping up their merger-and-acquisition activity in the mining sector, which is seeing its traditional investment patterns evolve and change, according to a managing director at BNP Paribas SA.

Carlos Urquiaga, who heads the Paris-based bank’s energy and commodities team in the Americas, said that private equity firms are entering as buyers or joint-venture partners, while the involvement of sovereign wealth and hedge funds is becoming more common.....

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