Analysts expect Chinese investors to continue to buy into the United Kingdom, despite uncertainties surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
And many of the acquisitions will be made by small and medium-sized businesses.
The situation was summarized in a report released on Friday that tracks 438 Chinese outbound deals made globally in 2016- a 20 percent increase on the 363 deals made in 2015.
The 2016 deals had an aggregate value of $216 billion, a significant change from 2015’s $87 billion.
The report was compiled by the Shanghai-based M&A advisory company DealGlobe and by Hurun, the Chinese company that became well known for publishing an annual rich list.
Meanwhile, Chinese buyers still have many lessons to learn in the international acquisitions, said Gary Miller, a partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya.
“Steps, such as taking the time to get to know the target companies’ unique cultures, ensuring the right contracts are in place in structuring the deals, and that the right reporting procedures are present, will all contribute toward helping Chinese buyers realize value for their acquisitions in the end,” said Miller.
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