Q2 2019 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: Asia Pacific M&A Expected to Withstand China Slowdown

APAC M&A expected to make positive start in 2019

11 February 2019

Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

The Q2 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report delivers a positive forecast for APAC: The number of announced M&A deals is expected to increase by around 4 percent year-over-year (YOY) in H1 2019, within a range of  2 percent to 11 percent.

Dealmakers wanting to know the future of APAC M&A six months ahead of everybody else can read the report to find out which APAC countries and sectors are expected to lead, and lag, the growth in M&A announcements in H1 2019.

Worldwide, the big picture is about slowing growth. On the heels of a decline in worldwide M&A announcements in H2 2018 and a slowdown in early-stage M&A activity in Q4 2018, our forecast for H1 2019 is for a 2 percent year-over-year (YOY) increase in the number of worldwide announced M&A deals.

Going forward, dealmakers face considerable headwinds in 2019 including: a slowing global economy, partly driven by the trade war between the U.S. and China; rising interest rates; depressed global equity markets (which fell 10 percent in 2018); sky-high M&A valuation levels; and increasing nationalism and protectionism against cross-border M&A.

One support to M&A activity could come from the wall of private equity dry powder, estimated at $1 trillion+, from recent record fundraisings. The flip side: increased competition for strategic acquirers from deal-hungry financial sponsors.

Find out more in the Q2 2019 edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of mergers and acquisitions activity, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report is compiled by tracking worldwide early-stage M&A transactions that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

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Along with our independently verified forecasts of M&A activity in H1 2019 by region and sector, this issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes a spotlight feature on Britain’s departure from the E.U. and its potential impact on M&A activity, including the results of our recent Brexit poll of global dealmakers.

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.