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Sofia Okun M&A Reporter, Dealreporter

Swiss dealmakers confident about strong M&A activity while preparing for political, economic risks

Dealmakers in Switzerland remain confident of a strong deal flow sustained by high levels of dry-powder but are starting to take a more cautious approach and conduct more case-by-case assessments of economic and political risks on planned acquisitions, panellists said during the Swiss M&A and Private Equity Forum on 24th October.

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.  

Dealcast Asia: Melco buys Crown stake, Qunar's surprise ruling

In this weekly edition of Dealreporter Asia Pacific’s podcast, Stephanie Hanna and Anette Jönsson discuss key developments on several Asian situations, including comments by Malaysia’s prime minister indicating Australian rare earth producer Lynas [ASX:LYC] will be allowed to continue operating in the Southeast Asian country; and the potential implications of casino tycoon James Packer selling part of his stake in Crown Resorts [ASX:CWN] to Melco Resorts & Entertainment [NASDAQ:MLCO] less than two months after his talks with Wynn Resorts [NASDAQ:WYNN] were terminated following a leak. At the end of the podcast we reveal an unexpected judicial setback for the dissenting shareholders of Qunar’s take-private that could have implications for ongoing and future Section 238 fair value processes in Cayman.

logo Hanna Gezelius Senior Journalist, Mergermarket

New world order unsettles Nordic market but creates room for M&A –Mergermarket Stockholm 2019 Forum

Despite suffering its slowest start to a year since 2013, dealmakers at the tenth Mergermarket Nordic M&A and Private Equity Forum in Stockholm are confident that a strong year of Nordic M&A lies ahead, Hanna Gezelius and Jonathan Klonowski report. 

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