Asia-Pacific M&A set to make comeback – survey

There is a growing hunger amongst Asia-Pacific executives for M&A deals as businesses seek to capitalise on market disruptions wrought by ongoing social and trade tensions.

Fallout from the Hong Kong protests and the China-US trade war has stoked an appetite for dealmaking amongst business leaders in the region.

Around half of executives in the Asia-Pacific region are plotting an acquisition in the next year, according to an October survey by consulting firm Ernst Young EY.

Respondents were generally more aggressive than last year, with half expecting their MA pipeline to increase in the next 12 months compared with 43% in the previous October survey.

The firm's Global Capital Confidence Barometer report  a twice-yearly survey of nearly 3,000 executives in 45 countries in August...

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