M&A Pulse in APAC

The Asia Pacific M&A Newsletter
brought to you by
Natixis, Vermilion Partners and Azure Capital

Issue One - Q1 2020


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 and nuances, as well as a curated snapshot of the top news we felt shaped the industry during the quarter.

Natixis’ M&A story in Asia Pacific is for us, very inspiring, and we are incredibly proud of the progress that we have made to reach the point we are at today


Raghu Narain, Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, Marcus Shadbolt, Managing Partner, Vermilion, and Simon Price, Joint Managing Partner, Azure Capital, discuss the M&A market in Asia Pacific, the trends they are seeing and the direction they see the industry moving against the current backdrop of volatility.


Miranda Zhao, Head of M&A for Natixis in APAC, speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on the M&A landscape in Asia Pacific.


Global M&A activity in 2019 was USD 3.33tn, down 6.9% year-on-year, however this was against an exceptional year in 2018. The fourth quarter brought a rebound in global M&A deals, spurred on by a phase-one trade deal between the US and China, signed in mid-January 2020.


Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Natixis

China M&A Monitor

The Chinese economy experienced a challenging 2019 due to strenuous negotiations with the US. This, together with the continuous clampdown on the shadow banking, led to negative sentiment. As if this were not enough, since early 2020, China has taken another unprecedented hit from the coronavirus outbreak. Because of the economic vulnerability and strengthened overseas screenings on China-oriented biddings, large-scale overseas mergers and acquisitions in 2019 have clearly slowed down. However this is only true for the value of transactions but not for the number. This signals that smaller-sized transactions are becoming increasingly popular among Chinese investors in the overseas acquisition market.

Further Reading 


The French bank with an interesting approach to M&A

Marc Vincent, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Natixis, spoke to efinancial Careers about Natixis' unique boutique approach to M&A.

Azure: Top M&A adviser in Western Australia

Business News named Azure Capital the most active adviser in the M&A segment, having worked on 13 announced transactions in WA with a value of $1.3 billion.

Natixis M&A ranked #5 in France

Natixis' M&A ranked 5th in France by deal count for 2019 activities, according to Mergermarket and L'Agefi

Natixis & PJ Solomon celebrate 4 years of partnership

Business News named Azure Capital the most active adviser in the M&A segment, having worked on 13 announced transactions in WA with a value of $1.3 billion.


Miranda Zhao

Miranda Zhao

Head of M&A
Asia Pacific

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Richard Bai

Richard Bai

Managing Director

Matthew Horgan

Matthew Horgan

Senior Associate

Ashley Skead

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Ben Marmion



Activist investors are reframing the M&A landscape

From the record activist campaigns launched by investors last year, 99 were related to M&A.

Are Asian investors still hungry for Europe?

Not so long ago, Europe found itself in the midst of a feeding frenzy of Asian buyers, but since 2016, Asian M&A in Europe has cooled. 

Coronavirus outbreak rains on delamakers' M&A parade

The steep market drop triggered by the global coronavirus outbreak has led many companies to hit the 'pause' button on M&A, sabotaging the hopes of corporate advisers who expected a dealmaking bonanza this year. 

EU regulators ask companies to delay merger filings over coronavirus disruption

The European Commission has encouraged companies to delay submitting antitrust filings, as it points to the complexities and disruptions caused by the coronavirus. 

Private equity readies for surge in China buyouts on virus, succession woes

Private equity groups are beefing up warchests and hiring investment professionals to tap an expected buyout boom in China following the coronavirus outbreak and as founders in some traditional businesses execute succession plans.

Coronavirus grounds dealmakers seeking to brave market turmoil

As governments and companies around the world curtailed travel, some bidders and their advisers have been unable to conduct due diligence in person, affecting the ability of investment banks to provide financing.

Coronavirus crisis to speed airline consolidation

Disruption from the spread of the coronavirus will increase pressure for consolidation in the airline industry, the head of Air France-KLM, said. 

Australia's M&A hotspot: Gas stations

Electric vehicles have charged up investments around the world, but Australian is reveling in a slew of deals involving old-school petrol stations. 

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