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Asia Pacific mergers and acquisitions activity continued on a downward trajectory in the second quarter of this year as COVID impacts lingered, making the slowest first half since 2013, according to data collected by Mergermarket.

In the six months ended June 30, the Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, generated $225.6 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions, down 17% from the same period last year and the lowest first-half value since 2013. Between April and June, the region only saw $104 billion worth of M&A deals, the lowest second-quarter number since 2012, according to Mergermarket data. Tesco Plc.’s $10.6 billion sale of its Thailand and Malaysia business and an $8 billion merger of two Singaporean REITs, both deals from the first quarter, remained the region’s top M&A deals in the first half.

Indian firm AZB & Partners advised the most M&A deals in terms of deal value across the Asia Pacific excluding Japan in the first six months of 2020. The firm took the top ranking partly because of its roles advising Jio Platforms Ltd., the digital and telecom arm of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd., on a series of deals that have raised over $15 billion from investors ranging from Facebook to buyout houses such as KKR. The Jio deals also helped put Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, which has advised several investors, in the second spot of the first half’s M&A legal adviser rankings.

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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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