Australia | Editorial

2021 was a remarkable year for M&A, but profound changes have clearly reshaped the market. It has become increasingly defined by one common factor: Diversification

Asian exchanges have been reluctant to embrace the all-popular IPO structures but that might be set to change – now that Singapore has introduced its framework, will others follow?

2020 was a turbulent year in every respect. For M&A in Asia Pacific, first-half activities fell to their lowest levels since the global financial crisis. But starting from the third quarter, we witnessed a dramatic up-tick.

Covid-19 has brought to forefront the immense value-add a strong, well-functioning board can bring to an organization – and conversely the adverse effects that one lacking these attributes can manifest. The relevance of an ongoing, constructive, engagement with a strong collaborative board has increased in current volatile and uncertain environment.

While the world continues to grapple with the impact of the pandemic and M&A activities suffer severe disruptions, businesses have started to adapt their strategic activities to this new environment and some structural changes have emerged.

By Miranda Zhao
Covid-19 barreled into 2020 like an unprecedented tsunami, disrupting all aspects of our lives, from personal endeavors to business pursuits.

We are delighted to welcome you to the first edition of "M&A Pulse in APAC", our newly launched newsletter focused on M&A in Asia Pacific. The premise for the newsletter is to share with you, news, insights and conversations that are pertinent to the M&A landscape in Asia Pacific, geographic insights/nuances, as well as a curated snapshot of the top news we felt shaped the industry during the quarter.