Trade war casualty

Taiwan to set record low M&A activity in 10 years

Investment sentiment weakened in Taiwan this year amid China-US trade war and concerns of a global recession.

2015 saw the peak of Taiwan-targeted deal volume in recent years with a total of $15.9 billion.

From 2016 onwards, the volume of deals remained stable despite an increasing number of deals.

Amid the ongoing China-US trade war and concerns of a global recession, investment sentiment weakened, and this is reflected by the sharp decline in deal count and volume for both Taiwan targeted and outbound transactions.

The number of Taiwan-targeted deals in 2019 decreased by 42% when compared with the same period last year the total volume fell to $2.5 billionn, the lowest volume since 2004.

Last year’s $1.6 billion...

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