28 Mar '11, 3pm

[CNA] M&A activity in Asia set to rise: analysts

SINGAPORE : Mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in Asia is set to increase with stronger investor confidence in the market, analysts said on Monday. They said the outlook for mergers and acquisitions is looking healthy for 2011. Bankers said the M&A deal volume is increasing due to the narrowing gap between the price buyers expect to pay and that sellers hope to receive. Other factors include better market sentiment, easier access to bank financing and private equity funds waiting on the sidelines since the 2008 market crash for good buying opportunities. Chang Tou Chen, head of global banking, South-East Asia, HSBC, said: "As the M&A pie grows, I would expect that more and more transactions will be completed out of stock deals or stock mergers. "The drivers for Asia will be confidence and availability of liquidity. On both counts, our clients are very confident about t...

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