Time to put cash back to work

After a disappointing year for M&A, specialists are looking forward to better conditions in 2014.
China’s Shuanghui International paid $7.1 billion for Smithfield Foods in the US.
China’s Shuanghui International paid $7.1 billion for Smithfield Foods in the US.

Next year could be a game-changer for MA in Asia as a number of trends come to fruition, according to our seventh annual MA survey, conducted in partnership with global law firm Clifford Chance.

Chinese outbound deals are back on the agenda after the leadership change earlier this year, inbound deals continue to target the region’s growing consumerism and Asian tycoons continue to look for ways of unlocking value from their sprawling business empires.

“Overall, we see strong market activity based on current instructions from our clients,” said Roger Denny, head of Asia MA at Clifford Chance. “There’s been a very marked change...

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