Asia: Time To Refocus

Figure 2 Size matters: Large companies enjoy higher EBITDA margins

by Ernst & Young
Companies need a new capital strategy for Asia: one that prioritizes depth in each country rather than breadth of presence across the region. This, the second in a series of briefing papers, discusses how multinational companies should shift from a land-grab strategy in emerging Asia to a focus on profitability. […] Read more

Key Themes Driving Peak US Merger And Acquisition Activity

Exhibit 1 US asset management deal trends

by PricewaterhouseCoopers
We believe that nine key themes are driving high levels of M&A activity in asset and wealth management. While some are expected to impact the near term, others will shape future deal activity. Merger and acquisition activity among US asset and wealth managers has recently reached levels matching previous peaks. There are sound strategic reasons for this upsurge. […] Read more

M&A In Communications: Evolving To Gain And Maintain Competitiveness

M&A In Communications: Evolving To Gain And Maintain Competitiveness

by Accenture
When it comes to digital content, today’s consumers have clear but complex demands. They want it fast, they want it integrated and they want it now. Communications companies are the ones on the hook to make all this possible — with simple, easily understood product options at a competitive price. But increasingly, they’re finding their current capabilities straining to meet consumers’ demands. […] Read more

Driving Growth And Competitiveness: Can The Power Of Cloud Lift M&A Value Into The Stratosphere?

Driving Growth And Competitiveness: Can The Power Of Cloud Lift M&A Value Into The Stratosphere?

by Accenture
2015 was a banner year for mergers and acquisitions with a record $4.7 trillion in deal activity globally. While deal volume has dipped during the first several months of 2016, the market remains bullish on the role that M&A will continue to play in unlocking value in many industries. Transformative as-a-service capabilities are enabling leading acquirers to capture and lock-in synergies at a depth and speed previously unseen in historic merger integration programs. […] Read more

M&A In Latin America

M&A In Latin America: Americas Region

by Deloitte
Majority of M&A deals in Latin America during 2016 have been intra-regional. Industries such as financial services, consumer business, and energy and resources attracted many large investments in the region. Improving US markets may boost M&A in the region as it was the second largest investor during 2015-2016. However, weak oil and commodity prices may act as deterrents to M&A activity in the region. […] Read more

Deal Capsule: Transactions In Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals July 2016

Table 1-2 Pharmaceuticals July 2016

by KPMG
The number of completed deals remained high in both sectors in HY1 2016. While total deal value for pharmaceuticals decreased, chemicals witnessed a 40% increase in HY1 2016 versus HY1 2015. Pharmaceutical M&A was impacted by stock market volatility, while new US regulatory rules struck down the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan merger. Oncology and dermatology were key areas of interest for big pharma, who were especially keen on acquiring biotech assets. […] Read more

Taxation Of Cross-Border Mergers And Acquisitions: Saudi Arabia 2014

Figure 1 Saudi Arabia — Withholding tax rates 2013

by KPMG
Although the Saudi Arabian tax regulations do not address taxation of cross-border M&A directly, the Saudi Companies Regulations have an impact on such transactions and the Saudi Capital Market Authority has issued Mergers and Acquisitions Regulations, which set the rules and provide some guidance relating to Saudi-listed companies. […] Read more

Mergers In The Oil Patch: Lessons From Past Downturns

Exhibit 1 Oil and gas sector business cycles

by McKinsey & Company
Past collapses in oil prices have prompted a deluge of deals. As activity looks set to pick up again, companies that acquire in order to cut costs are likely to be the most successful. Mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas sector may be coming into fashion again. In the current era of low prices, a confluence of events makes acquiring more attractive. Pricing hedges that had locked buyers into higher prices are rolling off. […] Read more

Automotive M&A Deals Insights – First Half Of 2016

Automotive M&A Deals Insights – First Half Of 2016

by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Automotive M&A deal value for the first half of 2016 (H1 2016) was down 37%, significantly off the pace experienced in 2015. However, with 257 deals, volume was only down 7%. Despite the overall decline in deal value for the first half of 2016, the overall strength of the automotive industry remains strong as global vehicle assembly is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% through 2022. […] Read more

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