The latest edition of the Intralinks® Deal Flow Predictor for Q2 2017 reports early-stage M&A activity in Asia Pacific (APAC) increased by 44 percent year-on-year (YoY), with activity up in almost every country across the region. This is the highest rate of YoY growth that we have seen in this region in over four years.
While almost all parts of APAC showed double-digit YoY growth, once again India proved to be the fastest growing country in the region, a position it has held for three consecutive quarters, with YoY growth of 100 percent. In our Guest Comment interview, Pramod Bhandari, head of M&A and capital markets transactions at India-based oil and gas company Essar Oil, explains the attractiveness of the Indian market for both domestic and overseas acquirers, and predicts that within ten years India will be one of the top five global markets for M&A.
Other APAC territories contributing to the significant growth in early-stage M&A activity include Southeast Asia (up 49 percent), Australia (up 47 percent) and Japan (up 33 percent).
Other Key Findings from APAC This Quarter
We predict the top three APAC sectors for YoY growth in Q2 2017 M&A announcements will be Financials, Consumer & Retail and Healthcare.
At the same time, a separate survey by Intralinks of global dealmakers reveals:
- 49% of APAC dealmakers expect bidders to focus more on cyber security due diligence over the next six months compared to the previous six months
- 67% expect the same number of deals to fail to complete as a result of data breaches or cyber security issues over the next six months compared to the previous six months
- 49% of APAC dealmakers expect to participate in the same number of deals over the next six months than the previous six months
Respondents in APAC predict president Donald Trump and a new US administration will have the most impact on M&A activity over the next 6 months
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