According to the “Emerging Europe M&A report 2016/2017” published by CMS in cooperation with EMIS, M&A deals in Central-Eastern Europe peaked in value in 2016 at €86.7bn.
Radivoje Petrikic, Partner, CEE Corporate Practice, CMS: The outstanding feature of 2016 in CEE was also the rapidly growing influence of Asian investment, most notably from China. The strong Chinese interest in the region is a relatively recent development, laying the foundations for a wave of investment into the future.
Nick Beckett, Managing Partner of the Beijing Office of CMS, China: The increase by Chinese investors in CEE is a result of China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative. Chinese investors are aware that the business opportunities available to them in Europe are particularly strong in CEE and the sectors of energy, infrastructure and real estate. We expect the level of investment from China to increase even more in 2017 with clients already making enquires on potential projects.