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China records over USD500bn worth of M&A deals in 2021

The number of mergers and acquisitions in China and Hong Kong reached a total of 2,381 in 2021, the highest since 2006. A report released by financial data provider Mergermarket showed the number is nearly 20% higher from a year earlier despite headwinds from a slowing economy caused by the global pandemic. Most of the M&A activity was concentrated in mainland China where 2,179 deals worth USD503.5bn were concluded last year. The USD111.5bn merger between Sichuan Railway Investment Group and Sichuan Transportation Investment Group was the largest deal in China and the world. John Yuan, country manager of China and Southeast Asia for virtual data room iDeals, said sub-sectors of larger industries such as semiconductors, renewable energy, and electrical vehicles are also ripe for M&A investment.

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