The EMIS database contains 150,000+ M&A and ECM deals with proprietary research and forecasts and is a part of a broader information platform which also contains company, sector and macroeconomic intelligence for a range of emerging markets.


The data below is an accumulation of deal flow within each month, including both disclosed and estimated undisclosed deal value.

February 2021

Regions covered include Central & Southeast Europe, Middle East & Africa, The Caucasus & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Emerging Asia.

Q4 2020

EMIS M&A Quarterly Index Methodology 


The EMIS M&A Index is a single, easy to understand quarterly indicator of mergers and acquisitions activity across global emerging markets. It shows how M&A develops in each quarter since the beginning of 2015 when the index was launched with a baseline value of 100...



A monthly round-up of the top M&A deals for Emerging Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & Africa and Europe.

February 2021 Top M&A Deals per region​


Shenzhen-listed logistics company SF Holding secured USD 3.4bn from a private placement.


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January 2021 Top M&A Deals per region


January did not produce any big-ticket deals in Emerging Europe, with Russian gold miner Highland Gold the top transaction. 


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December 2020 top M&A deals by region


Africa and the Middle-East were devoid of large transactions in December 2020. No deal exceeded USD 1bn in Latin America.


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November 2020 Top M&A Deals per region​


At 98 deals, activity in the region took a significant hit in November, compared to 125 transactions in October.


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October 2020 Top M&A Deals per region


M&A activity was strong in Latin America during October and jumped 35% from the previous month.


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September 2020 top M&A deals by region


127 M&A deals in September meant that activity was flat compared to August, but the total value of transaction increased by 20%.


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August 2020 Top M&A Deals per region​


August was even a slower month for Emerging Europe compared to July, with 118 deals that barely hit the EUR 1bn mark.


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July 2020 Top M&A Deals per region


The restructuring of China’s oil and gas sector led to PipeChina buying USD 56bn worth of PetroChina and Sinopec assets.


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June 2020 top M&A deals by region


In one of the largest global energy infrastructure transactions, ADNOC agreed to sell 49% of ADNOC Gas Pipeline.


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May 2020 top M&A deals by region



The Indian digital services company, Jio, has become a magnet for private equity firms, with USD 65bn valuation. 


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April 2020 top M&A deals by region


Facebook announced that it will acquire a 9.99% stake in Indian digital company Jio Platforms for INR 435bn (USD 5.7bn).


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February 2020 top M&A deals by region


For a second consecutive month, no deals in Latin America & the Caribbean surpassed USD 1bn in value.


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An archive of our M&A related articles posted on EMIS.

Brazil's Hapvida, Notre Dame create national healthcare giant


Hospital operator Hapvida agreed to acquire local rival Notre Dame Intermedica in a cash-and-stock deal.


31 Mar, 2021

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Regulations push Poland-focused insurers down M&A path


With gross written premiums of nearly EUR 14bn, the Polish insurance market carries size and importance.


31 Mar, 2021

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China's FDI inflow rises in first two months of 2021


Confidence in China's businesses continues to strengthen as the economy maintains restorative growth momentum.


22 Mar, 2021

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Is Singapore about to become Asia’s SPAC hotspot?


The blank-check mania has started to sow its seeds in emerging markets. Singapore is likely to be the trailblazer in Asia.


22 Feb, 2021

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Spain’s Telefonica sells 6,000 telco towers in LatAm for USD 1.8bn​


Spain's Telefonica has agreed to sell 30,722 telecommunication tower sites in Europe and Latin America for EUR 7.7bn (USD 9.4bn).


22 Feb, 2021

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2020: A mixed bag for emerging markets M&A deals


The coronavirus pandemic made a considerable dent in global activity, reducing the number of deals by 21.4%.


27 Jan, 2021

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2020: A mixed bag for emerging markets M&A deals


The coronavirus pandemic made a considerable dent in global activity, reducing the number of deals by 21.4% to 5,444 year-over-year.


27 Jan, 2021

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SoftBank returns for follow-on investment in online education app Zuoyebang


Chinese K12 online education platform Zuoyebang secured yet another major financing round.


26 Jan, 2021

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COVID-19: Firms assess deal opportunities in Mexico during pandemic


Mexican deal volume was down 6.9% last year at a total of 298 transactions for mergers and acquisitions.


7 Jan, 2021

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Vienna Insurance Group solidifies CEE market lead with EUR 830mn buy from Aegon


The deal includes a diversified portfolio of insurance companies, pension funds, asset management, and service companies.

14 Dec, 2020

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COVID-19: Brazilian investments grow 34 per cent in 2020



With volatility rife in markets around the world, M&A deal-making in emerging markets signalled a somewhat surprising resilience in 2020.


13 Dec, 2020

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COVID-19: Foreign direct investment in Brazil reaches USD 19.9bn during pandemic​


FDI in the country totalled USD 19.90bn during some months of the coronavirus pandemic - April to October 2020.


30 Nov, 2020

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Alibaba takes full control of Chinese supermarket major Sun Art in pursuit of “new retail”


China’s leading e-tailer Alibaba said it will spend USD 3.6bn to gain full control over Sun Art.

23 Nov, 2020

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COVID-19: Brazilian investments grow 34 per cent in 2020



The vaccine announcement could lead to a "great rotation" and the stay-at-home market and stock winners may no longer be the driving force behind market momentum.


16 Nov, 2020

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Volume of mergers and acquisitions in Brazil improve despite pandemic


From January to September 2020, there were 687 mergers and acquisitions in Brazil, representing a year-on-year increase of 12 per cent.


2 Nov, 2020

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Delivery Hero boosts q-commerce footprint in MENA with InstaShop deal

Berlin-based food delivery major Delivery Hero has acquired InstaShop.

28 Sep, 2020

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COVID-19: British drugmaker AstraZeneca shares rise amid UK vaccine trials

Shares rose 1 per cent to 8,515 pence on Monday 14th September.

15 Sep, 2020

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COVID-19: Gold beginning to be seen as a safer option for investors

The reduction in interest rates has meant that gold has emerged as a safer option.

25 Aug, 2020

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China kicks off major oil & gas reshuffle with USD 56bn worth of deals

China has initiated its biggest oil and gas sector reform in the last 20 years.

24 Aug, 2020

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COVID-19: S&P reaches pre-pandemic levels with new record

The index had shown an improvement of around 55 per cent since March 23rd.

19 Aug, 2020

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Will telco Oi face a bidding war for its mobile unit?​

The largest Brazilian fixed telephone operator became the country’s largest-ever bankruptcy protection case in 2016.

29 Jul, 2020

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COVID-19: U.S. stocks at highest point since February

The Nasdaq 100 soared, with Amazon.com and Zoom Technologies seeing a rise in demand.

21 Jul, 2020

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COVID-19: IPOs surge following change in manner of deals 

IPO deal structure, and how they are conducted, has shifted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Jul, 2020

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Chinese classified major 58.com goes private in USD 8.7bn deal

The buyer group includes Warburg Pincus Asia, General Atlantic Singapore, Ocean Link Partners and others.

29 Jul, 2020

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Indofood’s ICBP satiates hunger with USD 3bn buy of instant noodles maker Pinehill

ICBP expects to join the elite group of multi-national food majors.

24 Jun, 2020

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How India’s Jio Platforms helped Reliance become (almost) net debt-free

The company is known for upending the Indian telecoms market in under four years.

23 Jun, 2020

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Pandemic may produce wave of investments in technology

A significant proportion of survey respondents expect to see an increase in investment within the technology industry.

22 Jun, 2020

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Facebook bets on India users in its biggest acquisition since 2014

Before the Facebook investment, the carrier was wholly-owned by Reliance Industries.

28 May, 2020

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EU members say no to bargain hunters outside bloc

Protections were enforced to shield companies that lost value since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

26 May, 2020

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Plunging valuations spur a hunt for deals - Appeasing fears of M&A dearth

Private equity dealmakers seek to take advantage of lower valuations. 

29 Apr, 2020

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Rosneft withdraws from Venezuela in USD 4bn asset disposal

In exchange for the assets, Rosneft will take a 9.6% stake in itself.

29 Apr, 2020

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COVID-19: Mexico's M&A activity takes a hit in Q1

Mexico's M&A activity staggered in Q1 2020, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

16 Apr, 2020

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China's firms prepare for discounted European M&A deals

Chinese firms are readying discounted offers for European companies. 

9 Apr, 2020

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Fighting for life, fighting for the economy


The coronavirus outbreak triggered an exodus from riskier markets. 

26 Mar, 2020

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Indebted South African agri-processor Tongaat Hulett offloads starch uni

The transaction with Barloworld is worth ZAR 5.35bn (USD 348mn). 

25 Mar, 2020

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Two countries, one rich woman: Isabel dos Santos


"Africa's richest woman" has been accused of fraud and money laundering. 

24 Feb, 2020

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