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Asia-Pacific offers a glimmer of hope and opportunity for corporations and private investors

First to feel the pains of COVID-19, Asia-Pacific may be one of the first regions to rebound in a post-pandemic world. Such is the sentiment among M&A dealmakers in the region. Read the full report with Baker Tilly here. 

58% of dealmakers say an economic recovery will come sooner and swifter in Asia-Pacific than in North America and Europe. Large numbers of dealmakers are optimistic about Asia-Pacific's prospects for the remainder of 2020 and early 2021. 

More than a third (38%) say Asia-Pacific has better M&A opportunities than other regions and another 37% say they will be increasing investment here in the year ahead. 

Dealmakers point to numerous advantages the region has over more developed markets: primary positive valuations that have strengthened deal activity in addition to burgeoning mid-market and tech opportunities. 

Many also feel there is ample room for consolidation within industries, much more so than perhaps in Western markets. However, the ongoing US-China trade war will be a dominant force in influencing deal trends, especially in the run-up to the US presidential election. 

Asia-Pacific may be weathering the storms of the pandemic and macroeconomic uncertainty better than global markets as dealmakers recognize the region's resilience. 

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