The top M&A destinations of choice are countries embroiled in trade uncertainties, suggesting that companies planning deals are actively looking to get ahead of potential geo-political disruption.
Country Focus – USA
• USA has had the largest M&A activity in terms of transaction value and has remained strong despite geopolitical tensions.
• Between 1985 and 2018, companies from China and Hong Kong have announced more than 1849 Acquisitions with a total value of US$ 296.4 Billion.
• USA noted 3221 deals in the first quarter dominated by the commercial services sector with 552 deals.
• Top US M&A sector trends to watch in private equity, advanced manufacturing, consumer products and retail, financial services, life sciences, media and entertainment and technology.
Top M&A News of the Week
• Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank announced Thursday that they’ve ended merger talks following months of speculation around a deal.
• A bidding war for Anadarko could be brewing between rival oil producers Occidental Petroleum and Chevron.
• PayPal to invest US $500 million in Uber:Refinitiv IFR reported.
• Naspers is handing over its entire equity interest in MakeMyTrip in exchange for newly issued shares.
• Saudi Aramco considering a stake in Reliance’s refining and petrochemical unit: The Times of India reported.
Trends of the Week
• The M&A market is expected to rise as trade analysts predict an improving deal environment in the coming weeks.
• Technology disruption and the rise of private capital continue to be major themes in M&A.
• Uncertainty over governmental involvement in the deal making process is an emerging challenge globally.
• Companies are allocating M&A capital to businesses they see as essential to their core, and are more open to shedding those that are not.
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