Spotlight Asia is Kroll's quarterly M&A newsletter produced in association with mergermarket.
Spotlight Asia examines M&A activity in Asia over the last year, providing in-depth insights into deal size, location of bidders and emerging sectors of interest, as well as the potential red flags investors should bear in mind when operating or investing in Asia’s complex markets.
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Japan into Indonesia: Risks and Rewards
Indonesia has become an increasingly vital investment hub for Japanese companies in Southeast Asia, with Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) representing 16.4 percent of the market share in early 2014. In 2013, Indonesia overtook Thailand to become the second highest recipient, just behind China, of Japanese FDI in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In terms of mergers and acquisitions ((M&A), Indonesia remains a favorable market in the Southeast Asia region and last year achieved a new record for deal value, reaching a high of just over US$2 billion. Yet, factors still remain that negatively impact on the business environment and any decision to enter the market.
Building Southeast Asia’s Future
Population growth and breakneck industrialization are placing heavy strains on infrastructure across Asia-Pacific, creating not only an abundant need, but also abundant opportunities for investment. To maintain economic growth and job creation, Southeast Asia in particular needs long-term investment in critical infrastructure.
The latest issue focuses on the intricacies and key issues investors need to be aware of before investing.
Tapping Malaysia's Potential
Malaysia’s growth story over the past three decades can best be described in one word: transformative. From a producer of tin and rubber to a country with a dynamic multisector economy, Malaysia has quickly become a focal point in Asia and the envy of the emerging world.
Myanmar: Investing Responsibly and Understanding the Hidden Risks
Whilst the environment in Myanmar appears positive and investor interest remains high, the latest issue of Spotlight Asia focuses on the intricacies and key issues investors need to be aware of when investing in Myanmar. The newsletter highlights that there remains a number of significant risks factors and potential contradictions that may cause problems in the future which investors should properly understand.