M&A Pulse in APAC

The Asia Pacific M&A Newsletter
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Issue 4


In this issue of M&A Pulse in APAC, our team has taken the opportunity of International Women’s Day (‘IWD’) to celebrate the talented women across our M&A Network.




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.



Alicia Garcia Herrero, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Natixis

China Overseas M&A Monitor 2020 : Acquisition slows down in value, but small deals continue, especially in Europe

The global economy tumbled into economic crisis over the past special year because of the widespread outbreaks of Covid-19. As the first country to report outbreak, China was also the first to feel the trauma and experienced sharp economic recession in H12020. This weighed on the incentives for Chinese corporates to go out, resulting in much fewer announced deals during the first half of the year, dragging the whole year’s total deals in both announced and completed terms to a new low compared to the past several years.

Further Reading 


China's M&A deals may rise further after reaching 5-year high in 2020 - experts

Miranda Zhao, Head of M&A, Natixis Asia Pacific, spoke to S&P Global Market Intelligence about trends in China M&A this year. 

Mining to lead M&A in 2021 say Perth dealmakers

Azure Capital joint managing partner Simon Price speaks to The West Australian about the outlook for mergers and acquisitions in the next 12 months.

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Patrick Henderson

Azure Capital


Wall Street's SPAC Sell-Off Drags on Amid Fears of a Bubble

Deals targeting logistics companies in China have delivered the best start to the year on record, generating bumper profits for private equity firms.

Tech, cross-border activities set to drive Asia M&A

Coronavirus-spurred growth in the technology sector will help drive M&A activity in the Asia Pacific, bankers and lawyers predict, with the potential easing of Sino-U.S. tensions likely to revive Chinese outbound investment.

Singapore Exchange Will Look to Scale Up its Operations by Maintaining Focus on Mergers and Acquisitions.

SGX chief executive Loh Boon Chye said the city-state’s bourse will remain focused on mergers and acquisitions as a means of growth.

PE Firms Are Feasting on China’s $5.5 Billion Logistics M&A

Like many red-hot investments, special purpose acquisition companies inspire a mixture of desire and disdain.

Hong Kong May Allow Listings by SPACs, as Local Tycoons Look Overseas to Tap Deal Making Frenzy

Hong Kong’s financial regulators may open the door for so-called blank-cheque companies to raise funds on the city’s stock market, as local tycoons are being driven offshore to tap a deal making frenzy.

SPACS Are 'Useful Tool' in Capital Markets

London Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer David Schwimmer discusses his view on SPACs, cryptocurrency regulation and equivalence negotiations. 

A Reflection On 2020 M&A Activity And A Look Ahead For 2021

2020 is a year that will never be forgotten. Change came quickly, including the way M&A was done. 

Singapore Steps up Bid to Become Asia Spacs Hub

Singapore’s stock exchange is accelerating plans to become the first major bourse in Asia to list special purpose acquisition companies, aiming to capitalise on a surge of foreign investment in fast-growing technology start-ups.

China's M&A Deals May Rise Further After Reaching 5-Year High in 2020

Merger and acquisition activity in mainland China may pick up further this year, after reaching a five-year high in 2020 despite the pandemic, experts say.

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