Bankers in Japan are counting on domestic deals to extend M&A boom

Bankers in Japan are counting on domestic deals to extend M&A boom

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Bankers in Japan are counting on domestic deals to make up for any slowdown in mergers and acquisitions stemming from the coronavirus.

The deadly virus that is spreading through Asia and beyond has prompted investment banks such as Nomura Holdings Inc. to restrict travel abroad, limiting their ability to see clients. Those logistical barriers currently don’t apply at home, where stricter corporate governance rules helped the number of Japan M&A transactions climb to a record last year.

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