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Mergers and acquisitions activity in the Asia Pacific continued to drop to a six-year low with China deals further affected by geopolitical tensions. Korea and Japan deals, meanwhile, saw strong momentum.

Overall M&A activity in the Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, totaled $565.3 billion in 2019, the lowest level since 2013, according to data compiled by Mergermarket. The region’s share in the global M&A market shrank 17% in 2019 from 20.4% a year earlier. Deals involving mainland China and Hong Kong, negatively affected by the U.S.-China trade and economic disputes, totaled $294.5 billion, accounting for 8.8% of the total global value, down 27.6% from 2018.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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