China leads global M&A slowdown: R3

Dentsu leads the pack in APAC with an acquisition value of $146 millions and a total of six deals, as traditional players dominate, bucking a global surge of unconventional acquirers.

Mergers and acquisition activity across the marketing and advertising space appears to be in steep decline from the same period last year according to a global deals report released by R3.  

The significant drop is attributed to the slowdown in China. It saw a 78 percent decrease in deal value and 45 percent decrease in total number of deals compared to H1 2016 $1,601 million vs. $346 million and 22 deals vs. 12 deals...

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