HEALTHCARE M&A OUTLOOK BRIGHT IN 2018
Overall, Meager and Acquisition (M&A) in the lifesciences sector in Asia Pacific (APAC) is largely driven by domestic consolidation, which account for approximately 90% of the deals. Companies looking to increase customer base, optimize capacity, increase asset utilisation, combine R&D resources and expand distribution network are the key drivers of M&A in this sector. Complex regulations and restrictions for foreign ownership in many APAC countries are limiting the number of cross-border transactions. Hence, many global companies are forming strategic partnerships with regional and local players. Greater China has consistently contributed to more than half of the deal volume, followed by Japan, India and South Korea.