Xinhua Finance, a Hong Kong financial news branch of the Xinhua News Agency, recently reported that the market research institute, Mergermarket, just released its report on global mergers in 2018. The report showed that 2018 had a decline in the number of mergers in the global market and that this was the first decline since 2010. The research found that geopolitical tension has started demonstrating its impact. A noticeable example is that the Chinese acquisition activities in the U.S. suffered a dramatic year over year decline in 2018 of 94.6 percent. The Chinese acquisition volume (in the U.S.) had a free fall from the US$55.3 billion peak in 2016 to US$3 billion in 2018. Data also showed that the Chinese shifted their focus to Europe and the acquisitions increased by 81.7 percent to US$60.4 billion. Global mergers in 2018 mainly occurred in the areas of energy, mining, construction, and defense.
Source: Xinhua Finance, January 4, 2019