Q1 2019 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: APAC Region Dominates M&A Growth Forecasts

Impressive increase in APAC deal announcements predicted through Q1 2019

13 November 2018

Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

A healthy increase in mergers and acquisitions deal activity for the Asia-Pacific region is on the horizon. The forecast: a 14 percent year-over-year (YOY) increase in the number of announced deals over the six months ending Q1 2019, led by the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecoms), Energy & Power and Materials sectors. That’s according to the newest Q1 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, just published.

In fact, all APAC regions are showing double-digit increases in their volumes of early-stage M&A activity in Q3 2018, signaling expectations for increased M&A announcements in Q1 2019. The strongest contributions to the region’s growth are expected to come from North Asia (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan), Japan and India.

The M&A market can thank the Asia-Pacific region in 2018. During the first nine months of 2018, the number of deals announced in APAC rose by 6 percent YOY while the rest of the world declined by 7 percent. As a result, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts that for the full year 2018, the worldwide number of announced M&A deals will be around 1 percent lower YOY.

Worldwide, Intralinks expects the number of M&A deal announcements to rise by 6 percent YOY during the six months ending Q1 2019. However, structural imbalances and signs of market stress suggest the current M&A up-cycle may be nearing its peak. Rising U.S. interest rates, volatile global equity markets, reversals of capital flows to emerging market economies, overstretched valuation levels and increasing protectionism against M&A and global trade may combine to overcome dealmaking confidence in 2019.

Find out more in the Q1 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.

Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of M&A activity, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions worldwide that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

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Along with our forecast of M&A activity for the six months ending Q1 2019, the latest issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight feature on the potential of blockchains to disrupt the dealmaking process – hope or hype?
  • An interview with Frank A. McGrew IV, managing partner at McNally Capital, on doing deals with family-owned businesses.
  • Regional data on how long M&A deals are taking to complete due diligence and their volume of due diligence information.

Allan Robertson

Allan Robertson

SVP - Asia Pacific

Formerly the Intralinks Chief of Staff, Allan has gained unique insight and broad exposure to the Intralinks business end-to-end, both globally and cross-functionally. Allan joined Intralinks in 2010 as VP, EMEA Sales, and successfully lead teams across all lines of business. He joined Intralinks from Pirean Ltd where he was a Sales Director. Prior to that he held senior sales roles at IBM and Rational Software. Allan has a degree in technology and business from the University of Strathclyde.