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What are the key Asia M&A trends that private investors, corporates and intermediaries should zero in on?

From regulatory and economic considerations to new opportunities in hot sectors, our M&A experts share their insights and advice for successful dealmaking across Asia's key markets.

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Episode 5 – 2023 Asia M&A trends and market activity so far

In 2021, we saw record deal values of over USD$4.2 trillion in global M&A activity. However the global deal values had a 33% decline in the second half of 2022 compared to the first half.The market downturn in M&A conditions was also reflected in Asia, although the region as a whole held up relatively better activity-wise than most others.

A question of whether 2022 was just a temporary setback for Asia M&A arises, together with how optimistic are we for 2023 given the resilience of the region.

Irina Atkentjeva, our host, together with our M&A partners Tommy Tong and Joseph Fisher will explore the above in this episode. They will also talk about which sectors will drive activity in the region in their view, what other sectors may catch up, deal structures and terms we expect to see and how are M&A activity levels in 2023 so far.

For more thoughts and insights on the global M&A market for 2023, read our Global M&A report 2023 – Headwinds, Tailwinds and Fog.

(*note data mentioned in the podcast is up to the beginning of March 2023)

Duration: 21 minutes


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Episode 4 – Dealmaking in Indonesia's vibrant M&A market

Investment activity in Indonesia has seen a significant 30% increase at the start of 2022, revealing the confidence among domestic and foreign investors in Indonesia’s potential. We have collaborated with our associated Indonesian law firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung for our fourth episode. Our host Stephanie, Corporate M&A Partner and managing partner Tjahjadi Bunjamin, both at Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung speaks with special guest Stefanus Ade Hadiwidjaja – Chief Investment Officer at Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) about the trend of M&A across a number of key sectors in Indonesia including infrastructure, digital economy, healthcare and more.

Learn more about the opportunities present for private capital players, current key sectors that are in focus and the outlook of M&A in the vibrant Indonesian market through their conversations.  

For more practical insights on the latest economic and regulatory developments impacting transactions and projects in Indonesia, be sure to attend our quarterly focus Indonesia seminar in Singapore. Contact Richard Pedler for details.

Duration: 20 minutes



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Episode 3 – M&A Trends in APAC Digital Infrastructure

Demand for digital infrastructure has surged drastically in recent years, particularly in the emerging markets, driven by rapid digital adoption in Asia.

Digital infrastructure deals worth over US$30 billion were announced in Southeast Asia in 2021, and this trend has continued across different digital infrastructure asset classes throughout 2022.

In our third episode of INside Asia M&A, host and Senior Corporate law Specialist Cynthia Ng invites Wilson Chung, Principal at DigitalBridge Investment Management, and Mark Robinson, our TMT sector lead partner to discuss trends on digital infrastructure around the Asia Pacific regions.

Together, they answer fundamental questions, including what impact global geopolitical and macroeconomic issues have on digital infrastructure M&A, changes in ownership of asset classes, whether ESG plays a role in driving digital infrastructure M&A, key issues and the future outlook for digital infrastructure M&A across APAC.

Duration: 17 minutes



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Episode 2 – What investors need to know about India's booming M&A market

M&A activity in India in the first quarter of 2022 reached a four-year record high of US$30.3 billion dollars in activity.

Investment is being driven to India by geopolitical headwinds, and by the country's many policy developments in recent years. The innovation and scale of the market's micro economies also make it an increasingly attractive destination for private capital players focussed on Asia.

In our second episode of INside Asia M&A, we discuss the current state of India's M&A and private capital markets. Host and corporate partner specialising in private capital Jamie McLaren is joined by special guest Pratibha Jain, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs at Everstone Capital, and London partner and cross-border M&A specialist Siddhartha Shukla.

Together they review: the hottest sectors in India right now; recent trends in transformation, valuation and exits; and consider the structuring and lending nuances needed for a successful transaction.

Visit our India Group website here to learn more about our work and further insights on the market.

Duration: 17 minutes



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Episode 1 – Why ESG is vital for Asia M&A?

In our first episode of INside Asia M&A, host China corporate head Nanda Lau talks with Tokyo partner Joseph Fisher and Johannesburg  ESG and natural resources law specialist Ernst Müller why ESG has become so important to dealmaking in Asia Pacific and how ESG issues are affecting M&A in the region this year.

Joe and Ernst share examples of ESG considerations changing the nature of M&A transactions and talk more broadly about the progress of ESG in Asia.

Lastly, we take a look at what lies ahead for ESG in the remainder of 2022 and beyond in Asia Pacific. Our global M&A Outlook 2022 report mentioned in this episode can be accessed below.

Duration: 15 minutes



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Relevant publication

Click on the banner below to read our Global M&A report 2023 – Headwinds, Tailwinds and Fog. We take a look at the current market conditions and explores the potential drivers of resilient deal activity. From balance sheet planning to the hunt for transformational deals, this report covers all you need to know to make informed decisions about M&A activity in 2023



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