Deal Drivers: APAC FY 2021

Report Data Insight 28 February

Deal Drivers: APAC FY 2021

Economies across APAC bounced back strongly from the 2021 turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic—and as the global economy continued to reopen in the wake of the crisis, APAC M&A activity surged ahead. The region recorded 5,683 transactions over the year with total deal value of almost US$1.3tn, representing increases of 32% and 53%,respectively, compared to the previous year. 

Moreover, unlike 2020, which was characterized by a sharp slowdown in M&A as COVID-19 hit, followed by a steep recovery, dealmaking in 2021 was quite sustained, building throughout the year.

Q1 2021 saw deal values and volumes slip back somewhat from the highs recorded in the final three months of 2020—unsurprising given the extraordinary levels of activity in that quarter as pent-up demand unwound—but nevertheless provided a very solid base. Thereafter, the pace picked up quickly. Q2 alone saw deals worth US$390bn, while Q3 registered 1,574 M&A deal announcements across APAC, making these comfortably the busiest quarters of the past three years.

Read our latest Deal Drivers: APAC report to learn more about the top ten deals by sector in 2021, including the latest heat chart, league tables, and top bidders by value and volume.

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