Fresh data from Intralinks shows a 16 per cent increase in year-on-year (YoY) early-stage global M&A activity, with particularly strong performance in Asia Pacific, which saw the region jump 18 per cent YoY and 10 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), with no indications that the decelerating Chinese economy is impacting deal making.
"Global M&A markets are healthy, maintaining high levels of activity and continued optimism among dealmakers," said Philip Whitchelo, vice president of strategy and product marketing at Intralinks.
"Many factors are driving a highly competitive market, including a good lending environment and the need of corporations and private equity to put their money to work and buy growth. Deal volumes across the value chain are up, and we expect to see more high profile deal announcements through 2014, especially in hot sectors like technology, telecommunication, media and entertainment and consumer."
"Deal volume throughout the APAC region in particular has been impressive, and this comes off the back of consistent year-on-year growth since Q1 2010 for the region. The data certainly points towards APAC continuing to experience strong growth over the next six months," Whitchelo continued.