Q4 2019 SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: Asia-Pacific Dealmaking Returns to Growth

Brighter prospects for APAC M&A in H2 2019

14 August 2019


Following a disappointing first half of 2019 for mergers and acquisitions in APAC, when the number of announced mergers & acquisitions (M&A) deals fell by 3 percent year-over-year (YOY), dealmakers in the region can look forward to a somewhat brighter future.

That’s one of the forecasts in the Q4 2019 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. The number of announced M&A deals in APAC is predicted to rise by around 5 percent YOY in H2 2019, driven by higher levels of deal announcements in the Real Estate, Financials and Industrials sectors.

Where’s the growth coming from?

Based on volumes of early-stage due diligence M&A activity in APAC-wide virtual data rooms over the past six months, we expect North Asia (China, Hong Kong), India, Japan and Australasia to make the strongest contributions to APAC’s growth in the second half of this year.

An uncertain environment

Despite the predicted return to growth in H2 2019, the hangover from the decline in APAC deal announcements in the first half of this year means that the number of announced M&A deals in APAC in 2019 overall is set be only around 1 percent higher than in 2018 – the slowest rate of growth for six years.

Dealmakers in APAC are having to deal with an unprecedented combination of forces as they navigate the remainder of 2019 and look ahead to 2020: a slowing global economy, disruption to trade and supply chains by the escalating U.S.-China tariff war and jittery financial markets.

Find out more in the Q4 2019 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of mergers and acquisitions activity, the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

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Along with our forecasts of M&A activity by region and sector for the next six months, the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight feature on the conglomerate: Are we seeing its demise?
  • An interview with Paul Aversano, managing director in Alvarez & Marsal’s private equity services practice and the global practice leader of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Group, on what M&A dealmakers need to understand to navigate the current “vortex of volatility”

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