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09/02/2018

Grant Thornton: Vibrant outlook for Chinese Private Equity industry bolstered by a more comprehensive “Belt and Road Initiative” and emerging Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area

Grant Thornton: Vibrant outlook for Chinese Private Equity industry bolstered by a more comprehensive “Belt and Road Initiative” and emerging Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area

Grant Thornton’s latest Asia Private Equity Insight 2018 (The “Insight”) finds that Asian private equity (“PE”) industry shows optimism on PE-backed Merger and Acquisition (“M&A”) activities despite the slowdown of overall M&A activities following the record high achieved in 2015. While funding appears to be more accessible against the backdrop of a bullish stock market, China posed a new restriction on overseas acquisitions, hindering the outbound direct investments related particularly to the real estate and entertainment sectors. In addition to ongoing regulatory uncertainty, the rise of protectionism around the world and the “American First” foreign policy in the US are viewed as obstacles for cross-border investments made by Chinese companies. Nevertheless, Beijing’s global trade strategy, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, not only plays a momentous role boosting the Chinese and Asian economies at least over the medium term but also brings knock-on benefits to the Asian PE market.

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