International mergers and acquisitions law firm Baker & McKenzie and Oxford Economics recently released its Global Transactions Forecast. Included this year is a special initial public offering forecast, which also ranked individual countries for their “current environment” for IPOs and M&A activity using a “Transaction Attractiveness Indicator.”

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The indicator score is on a scale of 0 to 10 and is weighted, and uses several financial, regulatory and economic factors and metrics that influence M&A and IPO activity. The measures of the indicator include political stability, ease of doing business, openness to trade, sovereign credit risk, legal structure and economic growth, among others.

Surprisingly — or perhaps, not — was that the United States made the list, but did not garner a high spot. That honor goes to Hong Kong.

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