Voice from China - 1st edition 2019

Quarterly update on the M&A market in China

The Chinese Year of the Pig is considered to be a period of good fortune. Will this be the case for inbound acquisitions? Our local Oaklins specialist Angela Chen provides the answer. We also give the lowdown on the key factors that shaped outbound investment activity in 2018 and those likely to drive outbound M&A this year.

During 2019, we expect China’s outbound M&A activity to remain strong across-the-board, as the Chinese authorities continue to encourage strategic acquisitions. Inbound M&A should also increase, as the government continues to woo foreign investment. ANGELA CHEN MANAGING DIRECTOR, OAKLINS, CHINA

Spotlight

This edition spotlights China’s booming furnishing market. The next three years will prove critical in this dynamic industry as players jostle for pole position. We reflect on the three main drivers behind the recent acceleration in outbound M&A deals in this sector and what this bodes for the months ahead. To provide a case in point we look at Kuka Home’s acquisition of “Made in Germany” brand, Rolf Benz.

Kuka intends to increase investment in the Rolf Benz brand – and not just financially. We can support them with our knowledge and network of the Chinese market. We are confident that this will enable Rolf Benz to grow more quickly and more profitably in the Chinese market as well as in other markets. GU JIANGSHENG CHAIRMAN, KUKA GROUP

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