Quentin Webb is an Associate Editor at Reuters Breakingviews. He covers mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity in Asia. He joined the Hong Kong bureau in May 2015 after four years in London. Before becoming a columnist, he was a news reporter for Reuters, where his last role was as European M&A correspondent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Brussels and as a credit-markets reporter. Follow Quentin on Twitter @qtwebb
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The Japanese carmaker has skimped on dividends and amassed a huge cash pile during its long feud with 19.9 pct owner VW. Now the German group must sell and Suzuki wants to buy the $3.8 bln stake. That would mean a big boost to earnings - and hearten Suzuki’s hedge fund fan club.
Mitsubishi is backing a Singapore-listed trader bashed by short-sellers, paying $1.1 bln at a big premium. Noble needs such a vote of confidence. But the Japanese group is actually endorsing Olam – a firm supported by Temasek that has been spared the worst of the commodity rout.
The selloff has brought an abrupt end to a record-breaking run for share sales in the People’s Republic. This will hurt local brokers, which dominate onshore listings, more than foreign banks. A sharp slowdown in Chinese M&A, up 70 pct so far this year, also looks inevitable.
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