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Merrill Corporation in partnership with MergerMarket presents the latest North Asia M&A report

Five years of roaring M&A growth may finally have found its ceiling as deal totals for acquisitions in North Asia settle into more modest territory, in a year marked by volatility and uncertainty across the globe. At the close of 2016, North Asian deal values had dropped sharply from US$765bn in 2015 to US$533bn, a year-on-year decline of 30%, with a less noticeable drop of 3% in deal volume.

North Asia M&A: Towards technological convergence

This report offers a full review of all North Asia M&A, private equity and fundraising activities in 2016. It also includes an in-depth interview with Marshall Nicholson, Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Nomura’s Asia ex-Japan Investment Banking Division, shares insights on charting a path towards deal success.

Highlights from the report:

  • Inbound declines: North Asia saw foreign inbound M&A continue on a two-year decline with only 180 transactions worth US$35bn in 2016, compared to 190 transactions worth US$41bn in 2015, registering declines of 15% by value and 5% by volume.


  • Outbound shopping sprees: Globally, China’s outbound acquisition push has reached new heights with 372 deals valued at US$208bn, an increase of 122% in deal value and 22% in deal volume. Japan’s appetite for outbound acquisitions remained strong in 2016, with 317 deals worth US$92.7bn, an increase of 4% by volume and 6% by value.


  • Top sectors: The industrials & chemicals and TMT sectors continue to buttress overall deal figures in North Asia, the two accounting for almost half of acquisition volumes and 40% of values.


  • Using technology to facilitate and increase efficiency of financial transactions. 

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