Bloomberg Law
Jan. 29, 2020, 5:01 AM

ANALYSIS: China, Hong Kong M&A Already Ailing; Virus Won’t Help

Grace Maral Burnett
Grace Maral Burnett
Legal Analyst

The new lunar year is off to a traumatic start, with the deadly coronavirus outbreak putting travel, markets, and deals on hold. While 2019 was a remarkably bad year for M&A involving parties from China and Hong Kong—with the trade war, the Hong Kong protests, and ramped-up foreign investment restrictions targeting Chinese investors abroad—will 2020 be even worse? As January comes to a close, only 403 deals (172 of which are pending) involving at least one Chinese party have been announced in 2020 so far, with an aggregate value of $17 billion.

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