M&A Activity Bustling in Japan – Top 5 World Ranking for ’04 & ’05

by: Steven Towns

Merger and acquisition activity in Japan is on the upswing and is about to get even busier this year. There were 2,552 deals made in Japan in 2005, the most ever and a 23% increase over 2004. Over the past year the financial press has been writing about the abundance of global capital and how investors are looking everywhere for places to put their money. The Japanese market has been a top choice and continues to attract large foreign cash in-flows. Below I have listed the top 5 countries for M&A deals in 2004 and 2005 (data courtesy of Thomson Financial).

* 2005 Top-5 Countries by No. of M&A Deals * (year-over-year increase and world share in parentheses, in respective order)
1. USA 9,045 (+5.79%, 27.77%)
2. Japan 2,552 (+23.11%, 7.84%)
3. UK 2,425 (-8.07%, 7.45%)
4. Australia 1,857 (+0.54%, 5.70%)
5. China 1,707 (-21.91%, 5.24%)
Global total: 32,568

* 2004 Top-5 Countries by No. of M&A Deals * (world share in parentheses)
1. USA 8,550 (27.17%)
2. UK 2,638 (8.38%)
3. China 2,186 (6.95%)
4. Japan 2,073 (6.59%)
5. Australia 1,849 (5.87%)
Global total: 31,467