Trouble ahead for China's joint ventures

2016 marks a new record high for China outbound M&A but joint venture disputes will inevitably follow.

China is seeing unprecedented outbound deal activity. In the first eight months of this year alone, Chinese outbound direct investment has hit a record high of more than $120 billion.

China-foreign joint ventures JVs and takeovers now span across key industries including technology, industrials, chemicals, utilities, real estate, and business services. Such ventures are also increasingly dynamic, with aggressive cross-border expansion and new growth in emerging markets.

Yet at the same time, we are beginning to see signs of breakdowns and ensuing JV disputes.

CROSS-BORDER JV CHALLENGES

One major problem lies in the planning for many...

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