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Chinese dealmakers pivot to Europe amid US scrutiny

Buyouts in America tumbled 66% while European investment jumped 82%

Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group aims to tap Daimler's advanced battery technology through its purchase of nearly a 10% stake in the German automaker. (Photo by Wataru Kodaka)

HONG KONG -- Chinese corporations looking for acquisitions have turned their attention to Europe as greater government restrictions in the U.S. close the door to deals there.

Last year, Chinese investment in U.S. companies fell to $3 billion, 65.8% lower than in 2017 and down 95% from a peak in 2016. M&A activity in Europe shot up 81.7% to $60.4 billion, according to data compiled by Mergermarket.

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