At the press conference to inform M&A Vietnam Forum 2018 (Photo: Industry & Trade Newspaper)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The 10th M&A Vietnam Forum 2018 will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8 to analyse and assess merger and acquisition (M&A) opportunities and trends in Vietnam in the new era.

The annual event is co-organised by the Vietnam Investment Review and AVM Vietnam Company.

Speaking at a press conference on July 24, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said that this year’s forum takes place in the context of a thriving Vietnamese economy with a stable macro-economy and GDP growth hitting 7.08 percent in the first six months of 2018, the highest in the past 10 years.

The Vietnamese M&A market is currently faced with both new opportunities to make a name for itself in the new era, as well as challenges that need to be addressed soon in order to further develop M&A activities, Phuong added.

The M&A market in Vietnam has gone through an eventful decade with nearly 4,000 deals valued at 48.8 billion USD signed. The market scale in 2017 expanded nine-fold from that of 2008.

In 2017 alone, the total value of M&A deals reached 10.2 billion USD, the highest-ever figure.

M&A deals are expected to be valued at 6.5 billion USD this year, equivalent to 63.7 percent of last year’s figure.

The highlight of this year’s forum is an in-depth conference about M&A activities in Vietnam, titled “New Surge, New Era”.

A gala dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary and honour the most outstanding M&A deals and advisory firms of 2017-2018, as well as a master class on M&A strategy to create a breakthrough in growth, will be organised within the framework of the forum.

On this occasion, the Vietnam M&A Outlook 2018 Special Publication will also be published, providing quality coverage of the year’s global and domestic trends, as well as the most notable deals.-VNA