Chinese investors’ largest targets were real estate ($17.4 billion); transport, utilities and infrastructure ($6 billion); consumer products and services ($5.7 billion); and entertainment ($4.8 billion). Together these industries accounted for nearly 70% of Chinese investment in the region.
IN NORTH AMERICA, CHINESE INVESTORS TARGETED REAL ESTATE, TRANSPORT AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS; IN EUROPE, THEY PURSUED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND INDUSTRIAL ASSETS.
Chinese investment in electronics ($4.3 billion) also rose sharply, primarily because of Apex Technology’s $3.6 billion purchase of computer printer maker Lexmark — the largest US electronics acquisition by a Chinese company to date.
With total deal value of $1 billion, Chinese M&A activity in the health and biotechnology sector had another record year, compounding the rapid growth of Chinese investment in the industry since 2014.
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INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS IN NORTH AMERICA
Appendix A: Transaction Attractiveness Indicator
Appendix B: Country Forecasts
Appendix C: Methodology
M&A Transactions (US$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The number of canceled and withdrawn transactions rose
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