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Growing Trend of Chinese Investments in Financially-Distressed U.S. Businesses and Assets

Recorded on: Mar. 21, 2017
Running Time: 01:03:18

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Taken from the briefing Growing Trend of Chinese Investments in Financially-Distressed U.S. Businesses and Assets recorded March, 2017 in New York.

According to a recent report by Rhodium Group, there was over $46 billion of Chinese foreign direct investment into the U.S. in 2016 alone. This has pushed the total cumulative Chinese investment in the U.S. since 2000 to over $100 billion. This wave has been spread around the country; and Chinese owned firms now directly employ over 80,000 Americans. Moreover, inbound investment from China has also become a hot-button political issue in the early days of the Trump Administration, and that Chinese investments should be subject to greater governmental scrutiny is one of the few areas of bi-partisan agreement. Despite all of this, as well as China-side restrictions on the outbound flow of capital, this is not going away and is only expected to increase in the coming years. One growing segment of this trend has been acquisitions by Chinese investors of desirable businesses and assets out of U.S. bankruptcy cases—from little known advanced technology assets like A123 Systems to high profile retailers like Brookstone Stores. This program will discuss recent trends and developments involving Chinese investments in, and acquisitions of, financially-distressed U.S. businesses and assets.

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Leonard P. Goldberger of Stevens & Lee will review the following questions, among others:

  • Why U.S. bankruptcy acquisitions make good sense for Chinese investors?
  • What is necessary for Chinese investors to effectively compete for U.S. bankruptcy acquisitions?
  • How can Chinese investors overcome common obstacles in the U.S. bankruptcy acquisition process?
  • What lessons have been learned from successful (and not-so-successful) Chinese acquisitions of financially-distressed U.S. assets?
  • How will the current political environment likely affect future Chinese investments in the U.S.?

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    Leonard P. Goldberger
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Leonard P Goldberger ~ Stevens & Lee
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