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Asia ex-Japan M&A at record highs

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There were 3,797 M&A deals in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) in 2015, worth almost one trillion US dollars, according to Mergermarket.

Last year saw US$927.8 billion in M&A deals completed in the Asia Pacific ex-Japan, up 44 per cent on 2014 and more than double the US$410.3 billion recorded in 2013.

In fact, the amount spent in M&A deals in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan in 2015 is the highest yearly figure on record since Mergermarket began monitoring the market in 2007.

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"The size of deals undertaken in the region increased as investor confidence grew, with seven 'mega-deals' (over US$10bn) worth a total value of US$168.4 billion announced in 2015, up from five worth US$138.5 billion in the whole of 2014," said the Mergermarket report.

Energy, mining and utilities were the main draw for dealmakers in 2015, said Mergermarket, with 337 deals at US$142.6 billion, up 50.6 per cent on 2014.

"Following 'Black Monday' and the ensuing stock market volatility, China’s inbound activity from international bidders failed to see a rebound towards the end of 2015," Mergermarket added.

"There were 63 deals worth US$10.2 billion in 2015 from non-Asia-Pacific bidders, down 32 per cent by value compared to 2014 (US$15 billion, 105 deals), with just US$487 million worth of deals announced in the fourth quarter."

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