Mainland China & Hong Kong M&A Trend Report: H1 2013


  • In H1 2013, 439 deals worth US$ 84.6bn took place in mainland China & Hong Kong, up 12.6% from the corresponding period last year (US$ 75.1bn, 376 deals)
  • The value of M&A activity in mainland China & Hong Kong accounted for 44.1% of aggregate M&A in Asia, a fourth successive annual increase in this proportion
  • The largest transaction in the region featured a US$ 9.7bn jointventure between Beijing Guolian Energy Industry Investment Fund, Taikang Asset Management and PetroChina, in which PetroChina contributed its pipeline assets in western China
  • Deal value and deal count in Q2 2013 (US$ 50.1bn, 247 deals) rose by 45.2% and 28.6% compared to Q1 2013 (US$ 34.5bn, 192 deals)
  • Inbound acquisitions in mainland China and Hong Kong increased by 42.4% in value (US$ 8.8bn, 74 deals) from H1 2012 (US$ 6.1bn, 76 deals)
  • Outbound M&A (US$ 37.3bn, 97 deals) jumped 70.7% and 14.1% by both value and deal count, respectively, compared to H1 2012 (US$ 21.9bn, 85 deals). This represented the most active first half ever seen on Mergermarket record (since 2001)
  • The Consumer sector (US$ 12.8bn, 48 deals) contributed 15.2% to total M&A value in 2013. It was up 719.6% by value from H1 2012 (US$ 1.6bn, 34 deals) and marked the highest-ever H1 tally on Mergermarket record
  • Morgan Stanley led the Financial Advisor rankings by value (US$ 17.9bn, 8 deals), an increase of 602.4% from H1 2012. UBS Investment Bank climbed atop the deal count table by advising on 14 deals worth US$ 14.8bn
  • King & Wood Mallesons bagged 19 deals worth US$ 13.3bn to finish as the leading Legal Advisor by number of mandates. Fangda Partners topped the Legal Advisor League Table by value with deals totalling US$ 16.8bn

M&A Trend: China & Hong Kong

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