Robert Sawatzky
Apr 12, 2018

APAC agency M&A growth lags global feeding frenzy

While global acquisitions soar 126% in Q1, Asia has seen fewer deals, according to R3’s latest tables.

The first quarter of 2018 has seen a spike in agency mergers and acquisitions globally, led by hungry consultancies. In the US alone, deals are up a remarkable 366% over the first quarter of 2017, led by major purchases like Meredith Xcelerated Marketing and LiquidHub by consultancies Accenture and CapGemini respectively.

But the latest R3 MA League for March suggests activity in Asia has been more subdued.  While deal value has...

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