Saudi Arabia sees highest deal value on record at USD 72.5 billion

Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has today released research showing that Saudi Arabia saw a jump in M&A volume and value (14 deals worth USD 72.6bn) during the first half of 2019, due to the blockbuster USD 70bn SABIC deal announced in 1Q19, the region’s highest value deal on record and the second largest industrials and chemicals deal globally. 

Dealcast: Allergan reaction

The European Commission (EC) is reviewing AbbVie’s [NYSE:ABBV] proposed acquisition of Botox producer Allergan [NYSE:AGN]. The merging parties have already pledged to divest such products as brazikumab, a drug under development for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and Zenpep (pancrelipase), which treats a pancreatic disorder, but the EC may want more changes if it is to approve the deal. Dealreporter’s Pablo Mayo Cerqueiro and Mergermarket’s Mintoi Chessa-Florea joined us to discuss how the EC’s review is likely to go.

Dealcast: KKR’s play for Axel Springer

German media conglomerate Axel Springer [ETR:SPR] has caught the eye of KKR [NYSE:KKR]. With Axel Springer’s founding family supporting its bid, KKR has an easier route towards taking the target off the market. Activistmonitor editor William Mace and Mergermarket’s resident DACH expert Emma-Victoria Farr joined us to discuss what the deal could mean for Axel Springer’s future.

Dealreporter Asia: AGL Energy's offer for Vocus, Healius' investing in Japan and Kuyushu Railway Co's AGM

In this weekly edition of Dealreporter Asia Pacific’s podcast, Anette Jönsson and Ed Vinales discuss key deals and developments relevant to Asia event-driven investors, including AGL Energy’s [ASX:AGL] new indicative offer for Australian telecom company Vocus [ASX:VOC], private equity interest in Australian healthcare provider Healius [ASX:ALS] and corporate governance-related investing in Japan. In connection with the latter we highlight the upcoming AGM for Kyushu Railway Co [TYO:9142] that will feature a number of proposals from an activist investor.

We also touch on the possible implications for the Chinese ADR delist/relist trend of US Senator Marco Rubio’s recent move to introduce a bill that proposes to delist US-listed Chinese companies that don’t open their audit books to US regulators, and discuss why the bill may have legs and could become legislation.