EMERGING MARKETS M&A MONITOR

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.

EMIS INSIGHTS M&A - GLOBAL EMERGING MARKETS 

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

August 2021

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

Q2 2021

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...

 

TOP M&A DEALS BY REGION

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

August 2021 top M&A deals by region

 

As part of the world’s third-largest cyber-security deal, NortonLifeLock agreed to acquire Czech peer Avast.

 

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July 2021 Top M&A Deals per region

 

DP World has struck a deal to take over South African logistic solutions provider Imperial Logistics for USD 980mn.

 

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June 2021 top M&A deals by region

 

Getir, an Istanbul-based grocery delivery firm completed its USD 550mn Series D round, saw its valuation triple to over USD 7.5bn. 

 

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May 2021 top M&A deals by region

 

Russia auctioned off its largest standalone oil processing plant, the bankrupt Antipinsky oil refinery, for RUB 110.9bn (USD 1.5bn).

 

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April 2021 Top M&A Deals per region

 

Russia’s two largest petrochemical companies Sibur Holding and TAIF agree a merger in a deal estimated at USD 4bn.

 

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March 2021 top M&A deals by region

 

Chinese tech giant and TikTok owner ByteDance agreed to take over local game developer Moonton.

 

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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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M&A NEWS STORIES

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

Norton takes over Czech Avast to create antivirus empire

 

US cyber security software company NortonLifeLock agreed to acquire Czechia-based and London-listed peer Avast.

 

27 Sep, 2021

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India’s buoyant IPO market slated to raise USD 6bn in Oct-Nov alone

 

The initial public offering (IPO) market in India is about to enter its most exciting period since 2017. 

 

27 Sep, 2021

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Polish Onde raises PLN 444.5m via IPO

 

Polish renewables builder Onde succeeded to raise PLN 444.5 million after completing its initial public offering (IPO).

 

26 Jul, 2021

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Recovery of oil demand sparks a billion-dollar Saudi-Indian deal

 

A recent reunion has taken place between Saudi Aramco and Reliance Industries, two companies whose businesses are largely united by oil and gas.

 

 

 

25 Aug, 2021

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Lumen Technologies lines up big Latin American asset sale

 

 

In a surprise announcement, U.S. telecoms company Lumen Technologies revealed it was selling off its Latin American business for USD 2.7bn.

 

 

25 Aug, 2021

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US Blackstone snaps up office developer SOHO China in USD 3bn deal

 

US private equity giant The Blackstone Group has agreed to acquire a 91% stake in Hong Kong-listed property developer SOHO China.

 

26 Jul, 2021

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Is Latin America’s fintech revolution spreading to cryptocurrencies?

 

The financial services sector in Latin America has enormous untapped potential.

 

 

 

26 Jul, 2021

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US Blackstone snaps up office developer SOHO China in USD 3bn deal

 

US private equity giant The Blackstone Group has agreed to acquire a 91% stake in Hong Kong-listed property developer SOHO China.

 

26 Jul, 2021

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Indian consumer goods company Emami takes over local grooming products firm "The Man Company"

 

Indian consumer goods manufacturing company Emami Ltd announced that it has acquired an additional 12% stake in local counterpart Helios Lifestyle Pvt Ltd.

 

2 Jul, 2021

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PPF’s ambition to create Czech banking champion is going strong despite failed MONETA deal

 

The deal would have increased PPF’s stake in Air Bank to 55.4% and created the third largest Czech bank by customers.

 

 

29 Jun, 2021

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Hungary’s OTP strikes deal for Slovenia’s second-largest lender, Nova KBM

 

Hungary’s largest lender OTP Bank agreed to take over Slovenia’s number-two commercial bank Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor.

 

 

29 Jun, 2021

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US-based private equity firm divests shares in SBI cards and payments via block trade

 

American investment company The Carlyle Group announced that it has divested a 5.10% stake into Indian financial service providers.

 

23 Jun, 2021

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Can Venezuela live down its reputation as a country non grata on the global M&A scene?

 

Rumours have emerged of renewed investor interest towards Venezuelan companies.

 

 

1 Jun, 2021

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DSV Panalpina to become world’s third-largest transport company with Kuwait acquisition

 

DSV has struck an all-share deal to take over the Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business of Kuwaiti peer Agility.

 

1 Jun, 2021

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Dutch renewable energy firm SHV buys majority shares in Indian peer SunSource​

 

SHV Energy announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Indian solar energy company SunSource Energy Pvt Ltd.

 

7 May, 2021

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ByteDance pays good money for gaming war with Tencent​

 

Chinese game developer Moonton has been acquired by Chinese tech giant and TikTok owner ByteDance. 

 

27 Apr, 2021

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The battle for internet users extends to gaming M&A

 

Gaming is a lucrative area of competition in keeping with these screen-intensive times.

 

 

27 Apr, 2021

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Poland's foreign investment may aid post-pandemic recovery

 

Polish firms have been advised by economist Piotr Kuba to begin looking for new expansion directions.

 

13 Apr, 2021

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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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