Mergers and Acquisitions in China

Venue: New York

Location: New York, United States

Event Date/Time: May 31, 2005 End Date/Time: Jun 01, 2005
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U.S. companies, including highly visible corporations such as, Anheuser-Busch Co and Eastman Kodak are making acquisitions of Chinese companies a key element of their business strategy in China. The purchase of existing local companies presents a new alternative to traditional investments in joint-ventures or wholly owned subsidiaries. Foreign acquisitions of local Chinese companies tripled in the first half of 2004, to $7.3 billion and will likely reach 15 to 20 percent of foreign direct investment for the year. Acquisitions of local companies are fast becoming a third wave of foreign direct investment in China, following the prevalence of joint ventures in the 1980s and early 1990s and the surge of wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOEs) during the past 10 years.

These acquisitions are highly complex and potentially risky, but rewarding for U.S. companies looking for a quantum leap in market share and broader distribution in highly fragmented and already saturated markets. But China is a very risky place for doing business. Mergers and acquisitions of Chinese companies are complex because there are considerable challenges in bringing together companies or assets from different backgrounds and corporate cultures. Many U.S. companies that ventured into China have been astounded by the variety of challenges such as the regulatory environment, investment restrictions, cultural and management differences, asset values etc.

For this one of a kind “National Symposium on Mergers and Acquisitions in China”, the American Conference Institute has assembled an exceptional faculty of top business and legal minds who will provide you with an intensive, up to the minute review of the most complex issues that arise in acquiring interest in China.