China M&A: Outbound boom set to slow

Outbound China M&A was path-breaking in 2007, both in terms of dollar volume and number of deals, but macro- and micro-economic factors suggest a slowdown is on the horizon.

Despite a strong 2007, fuelled by a rising renminbi, ChinaƆs outbound announced MA performance has slowed down sharply in 2008. According to Dealogic estimates, Chinese companies announced $43.9 billion of outbound MA deals so far this year, compared to $74 billion last year. That is still way ahead of India and Russia, on $21 billion and $14 billion respectively, but down on past years.

The trend is ominours. In the future, China will have to face the fact...

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