4 November 2016

Waves in China to impact M&A: Intralinks APAC respondents

Respondents from the Asia Pacific region (APAC) have predicted that economic and market events in China will have the most impact on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the region over the next six months.

This is according to the results of a survey of over 1,600 global dealmakers involved in M&A released by Intralinks, a global provider of M&A deal management and secure content collaboration solutions. The survey was carried out between October 4 and 11, 2016 and covered the Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America regions.

“There’s clearly an overwhelming consensus among dealmakers that Hillary Clinton will be the next US President and that Donald Trump would be bad for global M&A,” said Philip Whitchelo, VP Strategy & Product Marketing at Intralinks. “However, factors other than US politics are also dominating dealmakers’ attentions, with the UK’s Brexit vote, monetary policy changes and the impact of China on the global economy being top of mind for many,” he added.

APAC results from the survey include:

· More than half (51%) of respondents expect to participate in more deals in the next six months than the previous six months

· Nearly nine in 10 (86%) respondents think Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential election

· About six in 10 (59%) respondents believe the impact of a Trump presidency on the M&A market in their region would be negative

· Two thirds (66%) of respondents believe a Clinton presidency would have no impact on the M&A market in their region [28% positive, 6% negative]

At a global level, 56% of respondents believe that a Trump presidency would have a negative impact on M&A activity, and 15% believe that he will win. Conversely, 57% of respondents globally believe a Clinton presidency would have no impact on M&A activity, with 26% of dealmakers stating a Clinton presidency would have a positive impact on M&A activity.