The fifth annual report from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) on Japan-Australia M&A transactions and prevailing the trends driving cross-border investment.
The report reveals a continued growth in the Japan-Australia investment relationship. The highlight of 2021 is the explosion of new energy partnerships (particularly in hydrogen and ammonia) that involve more Japanese and Australian parties working collectively at a project level than ever seen before, to bring together the required technology, financing and logistics supply chain infrastructure to make the new energy economy a reality.
Driven by Japan’s need to ensure secure sources of imported energy in a decarbonising world, the partnerships will have an essential role if Australia is to continue as the main energy supplier to Japan leading up to 2050 and beyond. These new energy partnerships are a distinct third paradigm in the Japan-Australia business relationship and will form the basis of significant new investment over the next 5-10 years.
In this report, HSF reviews the transactions and partnerships from 2021, key drivers for the future, and makes predictions for 2022 and beyond.
Available in English and Japanese from the HSF website
The latest annual review from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) of Japan-Australia M&A transactions and the trends driving cross-border investment.
The review reveals a positive story for the Japan-Australia investment relationship. While the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on Japanese investment in Australia in 2020, it did not redefine the underlying trade and investment relationship. Sector diversification continues with Japanese companies becoming increasingly sophisticated in both the way they invest and implement post-merger integration.
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.