M&A in SE Asia: What’s next?

April 30, 2021

In COVID-hit 2020, there was a 17% year-on-year fall in M&A deal value in Southeast Asia, showed data from Duff & Phelps, which tracked deals in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, where the bulk of all M&A transactions in the region take place.

Both Singapore and Indonesia saw a steep fall — 23% and 34% respectively — in M&A deal volume. Deal value for Singapore fell 18% on-year to $59.2 billion, while in Indonesia, the overall deal value rose 35%, from 2019, to $9.7 billion due to several large deals.

In Malaysia, the number of deals was flat, while overall deal value fell 41% on-year to $5.3 billion.

However, given that COVID-19 is a health crisis rather than a financial tremor, M&A activity may rebound in 2021.

The M&A in SE Asia: What’s next? report details:

  • M&A landscape in SE Asia amid COVID-19.
  • How tech deals will propel M&As.
  • Outlook for Southeast Asian M&As in 2021.
  • Insider Insights from top executives.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.