Asia-Pac outbound M&A reaches record high

by Steve Randall21 Jan 2016
Asia-Pac outbound M&A reaches record high
Outbound M&A in Asia-Pacific reached a record high in 2015 following a strong fourth quarter. Baker & McKenzie Cross-Border M&A Index shows that outbound deals totalled US$71.8 billion, rising 11 per from the same period in 2014, to reach a record $313.4 billion.
Industrials, technology, consumer, business services, financial services and energy & utility were the top targeted sectors by Asia Pacific acquirers. China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore were the top 5 most active acquirers in 2015 by deal volume among Asia Pacific countries.
The value of inbound deals into Asia Pacific by Western buyers and others outside the region reached US$83.4 billion in 2015, up 2 per cent from 2014. India and Australia emerged as the favored targets by US and European companies, while China continues to be the most targeted country overall with 254 deals worth US$42.3 billion in 2015.
The law firm’s report forecasts growing transactional activity over the next three years, reaching a peak in 2018 of $755 billion.
 
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