Asia M&A / Private Equity Newsletter
Acquiring a Minority Equity Stake in a U.S. Public Company

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Acquisitions of minority stakes in U.S. public companies are attracting increasing interest from Asian investors, whether as stand-alone passive investments, as strategic stakes or as preludes to possible future business combinations. This heightened interest is driven by a number of factors, including the rise in recent years of well-capitalized and acquisitive multinational companies in key emerging markets in Asia. More recently, the ongoing global financial crisis has created a further boost in the number of potential opportunities for attractive investments in U.S. public companies, including as a result of volatile foreign currency exchange rates, sharply declining equity valuations, and pressing needs by a number of these companies for improved liquidity and additional capital.