This month's report highlights include:
- Asia Pacific & Japan deal making activity hit an all-time high in the first half of 2018, amounting to US$818.9 billion, a 57.7% increase in deal value from a year ago, driven by the announcement of seven mega-deals above US$10 billion so far this year.
- The top deal of the month: An investor group, comprised of CK Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (a unit of Hutchison Infrastructure Holdings Ltd), CK Asset Holdings Ltd and Power Assets Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong launched a takeover bid for APA Group for a total of US$16.8 billion (including net debt).
- Morgan Stanley currently leads the Asia Pacific & Japan-involvement announced M&A financial advisor ranking with 31.9% market share.
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