China: Asia's M&A engine

China remains the engine for Asia's M&A market, though Southeast Asia has developed into an important component too.

Given how China nowadays dominates mergers and acquisitions activity in Asia, a bad year for China usually means a subdued year for the region as a whole. But with China's leadership changes out of the way, 2014 saw an uptick in business.

China went through a leadership transition last year, which made it more difficult for companies to execute deals” Mayooran Elalingam, head of MA for Asia at Deutsche Bank, said. But that has changed this year.

So it is no surprise that China is emerging once again as the top market for both inbound and outbound MA.

A whopping 72.1% of...

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