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M&A trends 2017/2018 – Japan’s new wave of investment into Australia

07 May 2018 | Japan/Australia
Legal Briefings – By Ian Williams, Damien Roberts and Natalie McDowell

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Japan’s diversified investment into Australia over the last 10 years has seen its ranking rise to second spot, behind the United States, in foreign direct investment. Prompted by Australia’s position in Asia, stable economy, strong population growth forecasts, and sound legal system, Japan is now investing in a number of mid-market deals in ‘non-traditional’ consumer-focused sectors.

Between January 2017 and February 2018, there were 38 completed M&A deals inbound from Japan into Australia. These deals showcase a distinct ‘second trend’ of direct investment into Australia. This trend of investing in ‘non-traditional’ consumer-focused sectors was initiated in 2007 by the Kirin, Asahi and Dai-Ichi Life deals and has continued at an accelerated pace under Abenomics. The average investment value of the reviewed deals was A$243 million and only 4 transactions exceeded A$500 million. Importantly for Australia, there were 19 new entrants into the market, further strengthening the existing bilateral relationship.

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