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Toppan Vite – M&A Pulse: US Antitrust Action in M&A

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22 June 2016

US government agencies have become increasingly active in investigating and blocking M&A deals in the last year, with a number of notable transactions hitting the rail. What is causing this, and what does the near future hold? Toppan Vite, a trusted financial printing and communications company, in partnership with Mergermarket, is pleased to present the second M&A Pulse newsletter, in which US-based senior corporate executives were surveyed to gain insight on antitrust action in M&A. Read more
Capitalizing on opportunities: Private equity investment in oil and gas

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21 June 2016

As companies manage the challenge of volatile oil prices and the energy industry continues to transform, private equity firms are looking at the oil and gas sector with renewed interest, according to Capitalizing on opportunities: Private equity investment in oil and gas, a report released by EY in association with Mergermarket. The report features the results of a survey with 100 global PE executives and examines PE firms’ appetite for investment into the oil and gas sector. Read more
Non-performing loans securitization in China – Houlihan Lokey Quarterly Newsletter

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14 June 2016

The non-performing loan (NPL) ratio among China’s commercial banks hit 1.67% at the end of 2015, marking the 17th consecutive quarterly increase, according to data from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). That pushes the total quantity of failed loans to US$196bn (RMB1.27tn). As economic growth decelerates, pushing more onshore corporates, private and state-run, closer to bankruptcy or to defaulting on loans and bonds, the official level of NPLs is likely to rise further and faster, with deterioration in asset quality set to accelerate. Read more
A Race Against the Clock: Outlook on turnaround and restructuring in Asia-Pacific 2016

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08 June 2016

Times are getting tougher for corporations in Asia-Pacific, as indicated by a growing number of market participants who anticipate the level of restructurings will increase in 2016 and beyond. Of respondents in our annual survey on market conditions and restructuring the region, 92% of respondents say restructuring and turnaround activity will increase—an anticipation that vastly overshadows expectations four years ago, when only 66% held similar beliefs. Read more
Split Decisions: Institutional investment in alternative assets

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07 June 2016

FT Remark is pleased to present Split Decisions: Institutional investment in alternative assets, published in association with BNY Mellon. Based on interviews with 400 senior executives from global pension funds, investment managers, and insurance funds (as well as a side survey of 50 hedge fund managers), the report finds institutional investors are seeking to allocate more of their capital to alternative strategies in a quest for strong returns in the low-interest-rate environment. Read more
Market Spotlight: The Evolution of Energy M&A

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01 June 2016

Companies in the oil & gas and coal sectors have experienced a harsh about-face in their prospects over the last 18 months, as the price of commodities has plummeted. The sudden turn of events has had a significant effect on M&A activity in the energy industry, which saw an almost 7% drop in value in 2015 along with 357 fewer deals year-on-year. Read more
Australasia 2016: AVCJ private equity and venture capital report

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30 May 2016

Australasian private equity activity in 2015 took place during a time of change for the broader economy, as slowing Chinese growth led a range of factors that took the steam out of the long-running commodities boom, and with it the fast track of Australia’s two-speed economy. Private equity delivered its largest contribution of the past five years to overall Australian M&A at 34.6% of total value, up from 10% in 2014. Read more
Due Diligence Roadmap: Taking The Right Steps

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26 May 2016

In today’s world, where deals can run into the tens of billions of dollars, ensuring that one’s due diligence process is up to scratch is increasingly becoming paramount. Over the past few years, the process of conducting diligence has changed, particularly through technological advancements. The development of online activity, data rooms and other analytical software has increased the amount of data that companies can crunch, as well as vastly reduced the time it takes to conduct the process. Read more
Monthly M&A Insider – May 2016

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20 May 2016

The global cool-down period in M&A activity has continued with the emergence of the second quarter. In April, global deal value reached US$175.8bn with 1,003 deals. Compared to April 2015 with 1,473 transactions worth US$294.3bn, total deal value decreased by 40.3% with 470 fewer deals, making it the lowest-valued month of April since 2013. Highlights from the report include: Pharma, Medical & Biotech was the leading sector in April 2016 with 81 deals worth US$40.7bn, an increase of 392.6% in value compared to April 2015 North America was the dominant region for M&A in April 2016 with 310 transactions valued at US$87.7bn, accounting for 50% of global total deal value Divestitures within the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector in the Middle East and Africa look set to drive M&A activity within the short-term Read more
Looking East and West: UK Cross-border M&A

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18 May 2016

Dealmaking involving British companies is poised for growth in 2016. The UK has been one of the best-performing developed economies in the last few years, with only the US able to rival its growth. However, volatile markets and the impending vote on EU membership place UK M&A at a crossroads. This year has brought new challenges – both macro-based and self-inflicted – that could define the future of British business and M&A. Read more