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Foreign investment laws and increased scrutiny of M&A transactions

2018 is on pace to be a year with one of the highest total values of blocked or cancelled M&A deals in the past two decades. While this data, which was compiled by Thomson Reuters and reported by the Financial Times, is based on public M&A transactions, the reasons and insights behind it can nonetheless be applied to the private M&A context.

One of the main ways that deals have been blocked is through foreign investment laws. These laws take different forms in different countries but examples include the Investment Canada Act or the Committee on Foreign Investment in … Continue Reading

Chinese outbound private equity on the rise

Chinese buyout frenzy

Outbound private equity investments from China into North America and Europe have been growing rapidly.

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According to the investment bank Houlihan Lokey, in H1 of 2012, the outbound Chinese private equity transaction value was US$219M. Since then, Chinese private equity firms have drastically increased their offshore spending and recorded total transaction value of US$5,8B and US$7.4B in the first half of 2015 and 2016 respetively. While in 2012 and 2013, the rest of Asia played a more dominant role in outbound investments in terms transaction value, since 2014, China has been carrying the torch. In H1 … Continue Reading

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