Investors from Singapore, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Taiwan (China), Japan, and Malaysia invested about 1.4 billion USD in merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the field of real estate in Vietnam in the first seven months of this year.
ESR Group Limited, one of the largest asset management companies in Asia - Pacific, spent 450 million USD to increase its ownership in BW Industrial Development Joint Stock Company (BW Industrial).
In the reviewed period, the M&A market value in Vietnam neared 3.2 billion USD, down 62% from the same period last year, according to Dao Thien Huong, Deputy General Director of EY Consulting Vietnam JSC.
She said that 92% of the buyers of M&A deals in real estate in Vietnam are foreign investors, mainly from Taiwan, Singapore, and the RoK.
Notably, ESR Group Limited, one of the largest asset management companies in Asia - Pacific, spent 450 million USD to increase its ownership in BW Industrial Development Joint Stock Company (BW Industrial) in January 2023. This was the largest deal in the real estate market and an outstanding deal in the industrial property segment.
In the housing and urban area segment, Gamuda bought a 3.68-hectare project in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc City with 305 million USD in early July, the biggest in this market segment.
Other significant deals included Keppel Corporation’s acquisition of an 11.8-hectare project from Khang Dien with 277 million USD and a retail project in the city downtown of Hanoi at a price of about 80 million USD.
According to Huong, currently, many M&A deals in the real estate sector are under negotiations. However, the process has encountered many difficulties, including those in the legal corridor regarding foreign investors’ owning of real estate in Vietnam.
Lawyer Ngo Thi Van Quynh, Director of An Legal company, said that the complicated legal procedure is one of the primary reasons behind the slow progress of M&A deals, which has caused an increase in time and cost needed.
The Government has made positive steps to improve the legal framework in the field while drafting the Law on Real Estate Business (revised), aiming to make it easier for foreign investors to develop their projects. Quynh said that she hopes from 2024, M&A projects in the real estate sector will become more bustling.