Chinese cross-border M&A continues attracting scrutiny

Author: Brian Yap, Edward Price | Published: 9 Nov 2016

Dalian Wanda's $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions (DCP) - the first significant Chinese acquisition of a large television production company - has raised some wider questions as to trends surrounding Chinese outbound investment.

There has been a lot of activity when it comes to Chinese companies investing in the US entertainment industry. This includes direct acquisitions of movie theatres - Californian film studio Legendary Entertainment became a subsidiary of Chinese Wanda Group this year. There have also been other film-related deals like China Media Capital’s joint venture with Warner Brothers, a venture which aimed at establishing a new movie studio focused on Chinese language motion pictures.

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But DCP is a special purchase: heavily focused on live events, it’s better able to withstand certain competitive pressures in the television space and doesn’t have to fear on-demand media.

Concerns

In the last few years, however, concerns...