PwC Marketmap: The Southeast Asian tigers roar again: this time for real

We'd like to share with you our recent PwC Marketmap: The Southeast Asian tigers roar again: this time for real (Issue 2, 30 May 2012).

A few highlights from the report include:

  • Southeast Asia, led by its five fastest-growing countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, is a rising star of the global market. After decades in the making, economic, political, and market factors, combined with a landscape more focused now than ever on attracting capital and development, have converged to create a mature environment ripe with opportunity—though still fraught with complexity and challenges.
  • The region’s tendency toward secrecy and a scarcity of publicly available information tend to hamper cross-border deals involving unlisted target entities.
  • Enforcement of intellectual property laws in emerging markets remains less stringent relative to developed nations.
  • As foreign investors eye the region with accelerating interest, Southeast Asia has become a crucible for vigorous cross-border M&A deal activity.
  • Almost every company that chooses to enter these emerging markets is exposed to some degree of corruption risk.

A copy of the research can be downloaded at: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/forensic-services/publications/marketmap-southeast-asia.jhtml