M&A in Asia - Korea in the spotlight

In a year when global M&A activity has slumped, Korea stands out as a success story thanks in part to its improving legal system. LinklatersÆ John Koh looks at the reasons.

In 2002, mergers and acquisitions MA in Asia registered a sharp drop from the highs of 2001. According to Thomson Financial, up to the end of the third quarter of 2002, announced MA deals in Asia outside Japan totalled $62 billion, compared with $76 billion for the same period in 2001.

Despite the difficult economic conditions, Korea's improving legal and regulatory conditions have made investment into the country more attractive, and 2002 saw significant deals being...

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