(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own) By Jeffrey Goldfarb NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Reuters Breakingviews) - In mergers and acquisitions, 2011 will go down as the year of the spinoff. Activity is on pace to hit $230 billion -- six times 2010's total and approaching a whopping 8 percent of global deal activity, according to Citigroup. With rocky economic conditions unlikely to give chief executives much reason to go shopping, 2012 could bring still ...
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