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Thailand leads M&A push in Southeast Asia to fight slow economy

Indonesian and Vietnamese companies become targets as deals within region soar

Buyers from Thailand account for 38% of Southeast Asia's regional M&A deals by value between 2010 and 2019, followed by Singapore and Malaysia. (Nikkei montage/source photos from Reuters)

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian companies are rushing to make acquisitions in neighboring markets, with Thai players leading the way amid the nation's slowing economy.

U.K.-based Dealogic counts 67 cross-border acquisitions within Southeast Asia announced this year through Dec. 16. Deal values total $9.6 billion, nearly triple the $3.5 billion in 2018, the financial information provider said. Average deal size hit $144 million, the highest in the past 10 years.

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