On the decline

Korea may record worst M&A year since global financial crisis

Troubles around domestic economy and regional trade relations have led to a sharp decline in corporate restructuring and strategic investment deals.
Escalating dispute between South Korea and Japan caused M&A activities to slow
Escalating dispute between South Korea and Japan caused M&A activities to slow

South Korea is set for the weakest year for mergers and acquisitions in more than a decade as large conglomerates and private equity firms stay on the sidelines amid worsening economic conditions at home and challenging diplomatic and trade relations abroad.

As of August 23, the country’s total MA volume stood at $27.4 billion, according to Dealogic figures. By comparison, there were $40 billion-worth of deals completed in 2009, the weakest MA year of the past decade, when investment sentiment generally was dampened by the global financial crisis.

To be sure, there are still four months to go until the end of the year and...

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