Published on 
November 13, 2023

What’s next for the M&A Landscape?

Nay Aung

Despite the turbulence due to global economic headwinds, the financial services sector in Asia Pacific has displayed remarkable resilience in the first half of 2023. And what contributed to this resilience? A steadfast commitment to mid-market dealmaking!

Higher interest rates and borrowing costs have made leveraged buyouts more difficult. Central banks across the globe are grappling to combat inflation. Tighter regulatory scrutiny is delaying the closure of some large transactions, especially in markets like China and India.

Economic slowdown fears have softened the M&A appetite, creating valuation gaps between buyers and sellers. With higher financing costs, access to capital has become a challenge, especially for smaller firms. Yet, larger corporates and institutional investors are weathering the storm.

China's economic slowdown has dampened some M&A activity, but the story doesn't end there... Southeast Asian markets are driving scale, modernisation, and digitalisation through strategic deals, with some huge deals underpinning this trend.

From China Mobile's $6.5bn acquisition in Postal Savings Bank of China, to Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's expansion into high-growth Vietnam, there's still much game left in the field.

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