Analysis of the reasons driving acquisitions by Japanese companies in Australia in 2019 reinforced the AJBCC’s findings from the data of the previous year. This indicated that the Japanese acquirers had:
However, there was one anticipated characteristic which is yet to materialize – this is the significant entry of “second tier” Japanese companies.
This AJBCC update for 2020 examines the data presented in the latest HSF report, drawing its findings from 30 Japanese companies that acquired Australian companies during 2019.
This AJBCC special report examined the data presented in the HSF report and considered what might have been the drivers for the acquisitions.
To conduct this analysis, the AJBCC used, amongst other metrics, the publicly stated reasons why the 47 Japanese companies undertook these investments.
The AJBCC Special report provides thoughtful analysis including
In the latest analysis of Japanese investment in Australia, Ian Williams, Senior Adviser at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Natalie McDowell, Senior Associate, find that diversification is a continuing theme.
Japanese investment in Australia, long channeled into the resources, energy and commodities area has spread out into a wide range of business sectors. This has brought new fields of interaction between Australian and Japanese executives.
Japan – Australia Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have been increasingly active over the last few years.
AJBCC Member Company Herbert Smith Freehills, has analysed Japanese acquisitions in Australia up to 2019. The report was prepared by Ian Williams, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Vice-President of the AJBCC, together with Natalie McDowell, Senior Associate HSF and Chair of the AJBCC Future Leaders’ Group.
This 2017 report formed part of the marking of the 60th anniversary of the Australia – Japan Agreement on Commerce.
A highly detailed read it provides: