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

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.