Following the record-high in Chinese overseas M&A activity in 2016, 2017 saw an adjustment with the optimization of the investment structure and the increase in investment activity from the entity economy industry. In spite of the changing global marketplace – whether it is the new U.S. administration, uncertainties and ramifications from the Brexit reform or changes in global power regimes – the path to the globalisation for Chinese companies is expected to continue.
Listed companies are becoming increasingly important in cross-border M&A transactions. Not only do they enable better business performance and market value, but they also benefit from the ability to draw on a wide range of financing channels. In the past three years, transactions involving listed companies have set new records in terms of value and scale. The majority of the focus being on M&A across the manufacturing, technology and service industries worldwide, covering key markets in North America, Western Europe and Northern Europe in particular.
Drawing on a global network of offices, extensive international M&A experience and in-depth understanding of both domestic and international regulatory landscape enables KWM to offer the most practical and cost effective commercial, legal and regulatory advice in cross-border transactions to help Chinese enterprises reach their global ambitions. In 2017, KWM topped the M&A rankings in both transaction volume and value, according to a number of prominent M&A rankings in China.
Our China outbound M&A report, a research collaboration by KWM and Legal Miner (a big data platform with a legal sector focus), summarises key market hotspots and outbound M&A trends through in-depth analysis of data from cross-border transactions of China’s listed companies. In the report, KWM’s M&A experts offer their insights on:
- the latest policy developments in China
- an overview of the global regulatory landscape for key jurisdictions, and
- financing and other M&A-related legal topics.