Home International Investing Chinese direct investment in US, Europe double in 2016

Chinese direct investment in US, Europe double in 2016

by Jonathan Adams

Combined Chinese direct investment in North America and Europe more than doubled in 2016 as China’s economy grew rapidly and continued its transition to a new growth model, says a report.

China’s foreign direct investment in the two regions rose a combined total of 130 per cent from 2015 to a new record of about US$94.2 billion (£75.30 billion), said a report released by international law firm Baker McKenzie.

For the first time since 2013, Chinese investors poured more money into North America than Europe, with 94 per cent of the total investments going to the United States, the report said.

“Well over half of all Chinese direct investment into Europe and North America since 2000 has taken place in the last three years, marking the continued influence of globalization and the rapid development of China’s economy,” said Michael DeFranco, global head of M&A at Baker McKenzie.

Privately owned Chinese firms outpaced investment by state-owned enterprises, closing deals taking up 70 per cent of the total, marking the continued rise of corporate China in the global economy.

In Europe, Chinese investors focused on Germany and the UK, which received about half of all investment in the continent.

The US largely accounted for the increase in North America, while investments in Canada were at three-year high at 120 per cent.

In Europe, information and communications technology, transport, utilities and infrastructure and industrial machinery saw the most activity, while the main recipients in North America were real estate and hospitality, transport, utilities and infrastructure, consumer products and services and entertainment.

“Chinese companies are growing market share, moving up value chains and investing in know-how to drive domestic and international demand for their goods and services,” said Zhang Danian, chief representative of Baker McKenzie’s Shanghai office.

This article is for information purposes only.
Please remember that financial investments may rise or fall and past performance does not guarantee future performance in respect of income or capital growth; you may not get back the amount you invested.
There is no obligation to purchase anything but, if you decide to do so, you are strongly advised to consult a professional adviser before making any investment decisions.

Related News

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Know more