Japan dealmakers have a booming pipeline going into 2022. Deal activity for inbound, outbound, domestic, and private equity-related M&A all saw an uptick in 2021 and is expected to continue this trajectory in the months ahead.
Inbound M&A in 2021 (YTD; 16 December) saw a 215% increase on year totalling USD 25.9bn over 59 deals while outbound M&A recorded USD 72.3bn across 250 deals compared with USD 38.2bn over 214 deals in 2020. Domestic M&A, meanwhile, saw a 29% increase in deal volume in 2021 (YTD) with 519 deals compared with a year prior.
Private equity buyouts and exits, and corporate divestitures will continue to be key themes in dealmaking in 2022.
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This live panel will reflect on 2021 deal activity and discuss the outlook for Japan M&A in 2022, including:
- Digital transformation (DX) strategy is a key focus for companies and M&A to obtain the necessary skills and technologies. What are some of the important trends, deal triggers, and issues to watch out for when considering DX in dealmaking and company strategy?
- ESG factors are now a crucial part of dealmaking but what lies ahead for Japan, Inc. and how best can they prepare?
- PE investment in Japan is on the rise, coinciding with conglomerates shedding prominent business units and subsidiaries. Where are the opportunities and what can we expect?
- Omicron has closed borders and put markets at unease. Is the latest coronavirus variant expected to impact dealmaking in 2022, and how best can dealmakers mitigate the risks?
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