While Europe attracted more Chinese investment in 2014 and 2015, North America took the lead in 2016 with investment of $48 billion, compared to $46 billion in Europe. Chinese deals targeting US assets accounted for 94% of the North American total.
NORTH AMERICA OVERTOOK EUROPE AS THE TOP TARGET MARKET FOR CHINESE INVESTORS BY DEAL VALUE.
At $2.8 billion, Chinese investment in Canada rose 120% in value to reach a three-year high, but accounted for only 6% of total investment in North America and remained far below deal totals during the energy investment boom from 2007 to 2013.
Overall, the growth trajectory of Chinese investment in North America and Europe since the early 2000s has been remarkably similar, with large transactions tipping the balance from year to year. Since Chinese investment took off in 2007, the difference in Chinese FDI in the two regions has averaged only $630 million per year.
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Appendix A: Transaction Attractiveness Indicator
Appendix B: Country Forecasts
Appendix C: Methodology
M&A Transactions (US$B)
M&A Transactions (# Of Deals)
Domestic IPOs (US$M)
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Chinese direct investment in North America and Europe more than doubled
North America took the lead as the top target market by deal value
Chinese investors target different assets in North America and Europe
Privately-owned Chinese companies drove acquisitions
Chinese investors continue to target assets in key jurisdictions in both regions
The number of canceled and withdrawn transactions rose
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