Latin America Emerges as China’s Favorite Hunting Ground for M&A

Region accounts for one-fourth of China’s outbound dealmaking. Chinese buyers face more scrutiny in Europe and the U.S.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a challenging year for Chinese companies pursuing acquisitions abroad, Latin America emerged as a region where they were able to make some corporate marriages work.

Overseas acquisitions by Chinese firms are heading for their fourth consecutive yearly decline, with a US$31.1 billion tally that’s the lowest since 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Transactions targeting Latin America totaled US$7.7 billion, more than Europe and North America combined.

Chinese suitors have met heightened scrutiny in Europe and the U.S. this year as the pandemic left their strategic industries vulnerable . . .

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