Thomson Reuters Jointly Issues the Belt and Road Cross-Border M&A Research Report with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences IWEP, Tsinghua University Institute for Data Science and Tsingdata Institute

China‘s B&R cross-border M&A shows a dynamic upward trend, Companies should stay alert to investment risk

Thomson Reuters, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of World Economy and Politics (IWEP), Tsinghua University Institute for Data Science and Tsingdata Institute jointly issued The Belt and Road (B&R) Cross-Border Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Research Report and the B&R Cross-Border M&A Intensity Index. The report is based on Thomson Reuters financial data on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with breakdowns by region and industry. The report sheds insight into the development mergers and acquisitions in countries along the Belt and Road from 2000 to 2016, and explores the role played by Chinese enterprises as acquirers in these areas.

According to the report, the top 5 fields ranked by total M&A amount are finance, energy, telecommunication services, industrials and raw materials, while the M&A deals mainly took place in West Asia, Central and Eastern Europe And ASEAN countries. The report suggests the number of cross-border M&A deals is increasing, with M&A volume higher among the “Belt” countries than those in the “Road” areas.

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation indicated that the cooperation between China and B&R regions will be further strengthened. Chinese enterprises looking to invest in B&R countries should be aware of certain risks and challenges. The report based on Thomson Reuters objective and comprehensive data, presents a thorough analysis on the challenges and potential faced in different industries in various B&R countries.

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