Chinese investors have embarked on a buying spree in Europe. 2016 looks set to be a record year for takeovers. We talk with Cora Jungbluth from the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Chinese companies continue to be on a shopping spree in Europe and Germany in particular. A fresh study shows that takeovers are usually in line with Beijing's new industrial strategy where nothing is left to chance.
The German government has said it wants to be able to intervene earlier if a non-EU investor acquires 15 percent of a German company. Berlin has been wary of Chinese and US investors moving to take over key tech firms.
The German government plans to tighten rules on foreign investment in some companies by lowering the threshold at which it can consider blocking such plans. The move comes amid increasing concern about Chinese investors.
The news that an expected Chinese takeover of German manufacturing company Leifeld has collapsed comes as no surprise. There has been increasing opposition to Chinese investment into Europe’s largest economy.
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