July 15, 2020

Deal Drivers ANZ: Spotlight on M&A Trends in H1 2020 and beyond

Virtual briefing in partnership with Mergermarket, an Acuris company

DATE: 15 July 2020

TIME: 14:00 Sydney

Australia and New Zealand are widely lauded for their COVID-19 response that saw the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions ahead of most other countries. Nonetheless, they have not avoided the severe economic impact, financial market volatility and investment uncertainty that has afflicted global economies and financial markets.

In line with the global plunge in M&A activity amid the pandemic, M&A deal value in Australia and New Zealand dropped 53% year on year in Q1 to US$5.4bn and deal volume fell 26% to 114 deals.

  • April’s M&A activity plummeted 89% in value (US$588m) and 70% in deal count (12 deals) compared to April 2019.  
  • There were some signs of a recovery starting in May. Deal value fell 55% (to US$2bn) and deal count dropped 47% (to 24 deals) compared to May 2019.

The key to any M&A recovery is a more certain investment environment. Big corporates with strong balance sheets and well-funded private equity buyers are best positioned to be at the forefront of recovering M&A activity.

In this live panel discussion with Herbert Smith Freehills, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Riverside Asia Partners, and UBS, we take stock of M&A activity in Australia and New Zealand and consider the areas where financial stress is of greatest concern, as well as opportunities to be sought after.

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