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On the back of a strong M&A record in 2019, SE Asia saw a strong start in 1Q20 with a total deal value of USD 25.1bn. While, India experienced a 30.4% drop in M&A in 2019, there was an expectation of a strong 2020 lead by the government of India encouraging disinvestments. The M&A deal flow has experienced a slowdown in the two regions on account of Covid-19 crisis, and the outlook remains uncertain. How corporates in India and across SE Asia perform during this crisis is yet to be ascertained; however, some bright spots are emerging in new-age sectors in the two regions as the economies remain underserved. It is expected that corporates will focus on preserving liquidity and restructuring going forward and exploring private equity strategies which will evolve in the current environment.
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- Overview of M&A H1 activity and insights
- Which sectors in the M&A sphere will gain more traction in SE Asia and India in 2H 2020? What will the bidder landscape be like for these two target markets?
- What will be the impact on PE investment and exit strategies given the pressure on the exit overhang in India and SE Asia? What kind of downside protection do they have in due diligence?
- Certain regulatory changes have been introduced in markets like India to protect domestic players from hostile takeovers; how will that likely impact M&A deals?
- The pandemic has made corporates look at diversifying supply chains as a part of risk mitigation strategies, will that result in more inbound M&A transactions both for SE Asia and India?
- How are M&A transactions being transformed in an era of work from home and social distancing?
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