Private equity mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Asia, excluding Japan, posted a record start to the year with USD167.4bn spent since January 1, according to data from Dealogic. Analysts, however, said the record buyout deal value suggested that some APAC-focused funds may be reallocating more of their dry powder away from China and redirecting their investment activities to other parts of the region. Reuters reported that buyouts in China slowed sharply this year as the two-month Shanghai lockdown and other coronavirus-related restrictions hurt the economy. Though China has been quiet on the deals front, new private equity capital-raising in Asia has hit USD30.4bn so far this year, according to Preqin.
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