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M&A activities keep rising – $ 4.7 billion in 2011, of which $ 2.6 billion involve foreign investors

HANOI – Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the local market amounted to US$4.7 billion last year, with the value of deals involving foreign investors reaching 66%, heard a press conference on the 2012 M&A Vietnam Forum in Hanoi on Thursday.

M&A deals have continued the steady rise in recent years as an emerging investment channel for companies inside and outside the nation, according to the press conference. In the first quarter alone, the value of M&A transactions reached US$ 1.5 billion out of the total US$ 92.4 billion recorded in the Asia Pacific region, with Vietnam ranking eighth.

According to figures collected by Thomson Reuters, IMAA and AVM Vietnam, the total value of M&A deals conducted in Vietnam in 2011 totaled US$ 4.7 billion versus a slight US$1.7 billion in 2010. Of this figure, over US$ 2.6 billion worth of deals involved foreign investors.

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Foreign investors eye Vietnam’s healthcare sector

With its large population, Vietnam is recognised as a potential market offering many opportunities for foreign investors in the health sector.

The comment was made by Allan Yeo, Chief Executive of the Happy Hospital under Singapore’s Thomson Medical Centre, which is planning to expand investment in Vietnam.

In comparison with finance, securities and real estate, the health sector remains less lively in the panorama of foreign investment in Vietnam.

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FDI down as investors chill

July 11, 2011. Vietnam may lose out to neighbouring competitors if this year’s downtrend in foreign direct investment inflows is anything to go by.

Registered foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months of 2011 fell 48.1 per cent year-on-year to $ 5.6 billion, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency (FIA).

Disbursed FDI from January 1 to June 22 also slightly dropped by 1.9 per cent year-on-year to $ 5.3 billion, ending the upward trend of the net FDI inflow over the previous two years.

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FDI pouring into hi-tech industries in Vietnam

Apr 13, 2010. Many foreign investors in hi-tech industries, especially multinational companies, are continuing to pour money into Vietnam even though the world’s economy has yet to completely recover from the global financial crisis. Here are some of the big movers and shakers who have invested in the country.

Wintek Corporation, a Taiwanese manufacturer of touch screens for Apple iPhones, last month received an investment certificate to build a factory in the northern province of Bac Giang.

The company is well-known for its LCD touch screens worldwide and is one of only two companies worldwide to produce them for the iPad. It will use more than 150,000 square meters of Quang Chau Industrial Zone to locate its factory, which is worth US$250 million.

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