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Indian M&A trends: what we foresee

KPMG Mantra Bytes: Vikram Hosangady, Partner & Head – Clients & Markets, KPMG in India expresses his views on M&A trends: April 2020 v/s April 2021 

M&A activity in the last one year has surprised everyone, given that the uncertainty over COVID-19 has not only affected businesses but also the way deals are getting done – remote and offline. Hear the speaker’s views on how private equity has dominated the market with businesses continuing their growth agendas against the backdrop of the pandemic and its implications.

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COVID-19’s impact on integration approach: learning from the crisis

By Amit Roongta, Partner – M&A Consulting, KPMG in India

(5 min read)

COVID-19 pandemic has had a sweeping impact on the global economy, thereby affecting the way M&A transactions are established, negotiated, consummated, and integrated. Much like the preceding year, the coming months might alter the M&A landscape across sectors and countries basis the severity of the pandemic and the pace of recovery. And while the challenges would be unique to each company, the complete remote approach to integrations is likely to be a universal rather than a stop-gap arrangement.

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Technology capabilities influencing M&A trends


KPMG Mantra Bytes: A view by Sachin Arora, Partner & Head – Digital Lighthouse, KPMG in India on M&A trends in the technology space

A deep dive into tech-focussed acquisitions highlights four key flavours that dominate the market. These include 1) Pure Technology, 2) Data Centric, 3) Acquihire and 4) Business model play. Hear the speaker share his views on how technology empowers and moderates business decisions to evaluate mergers and acquisitions.

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Online gaming in India: deal activity and growth drivers

By Girish Menon, Partner and Head – Media and Entertainment, KPMG in India

(5 min read)

The COVID-19 induced lockdown helped to accelerate the adoption of online gaming in the Indian market with a spurt in the installs of gaming apps on mobiles and consequently the revenues of these companies. This was owing to a significant number of people turning to gaming for entertainment and socialising. The average time spent on mobile phones also increased from ~2.5 hours pre-COVID 19 to ~4.1 hours during lockdown and stayed on the high side even after lockdown.

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M&A trends in energy, utilities and resources

By Hitesh Sachdeva, Partner and Head, Power & Utilities, KPMG in India 

(4 min read)

Demand accretion, coupled with decarbonisation, has triggered a multi-decade investment opportunity in the Indian energy space and the COVID-19 pandemic catapulted renewable energy M&A to the next level. Energy transition is expected to be a key theme that will drive a larger scale of global capital flows into India and consequently volume and ticket size of M&A transactions.  

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Indian economy insights

A report by KPMG in India

(4 min read)

At the onset of a new financial year, the Indian economy is gradually moving towards a recovery. The collective synergies from the measures announced by the government are expected to augur well for investments. Sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing continue to witness growth, while the services sector, primarily high contact businesses and retail, are adversely affected.

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