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Drivers of intraregional M&As within developing Asia

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  • Jie Li
  • Ramkishen S. Rajan
  • Rabin Hattari

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A large part of the upsurge in global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) until the global financial crisis of 2008–2009 has been due to mergers and acquisitions (M&As) as opposed to Greenfield FDI. Also, noteworthy is the growing significance of developing Asia in these cross-border M&As, both as sources of finance as well as destinations of investments. These cross-border M&A flows have deepened the economic integration of developing Asia with the global economy. This paper examines the extent and determinants of M&As to and from developing Asia over the period 2000–2010 with particular emphasis on the financial drivers of intraregional M&As. Global liquidity and risk conditions, as proxied by London Inter Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), consistently show up as being an important driver of intraregional flows.

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  • Jie Li & Ramkishen S. Rajan & Rabin Hattari, 2016. "Drivers of intraregional M&As within developing Asia," Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(1), pages 116-131, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rjapxx:v:21:y:2016:i:1:p:116-131
    DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2015.1053591
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