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Germany scrambles to get a grip on Chinese buyouts

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New buyouts in the works could soon overshadow the $4.5 billion takeover of German robot manufacturer Kuka by Chinese appliance maker Midea Group.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- German officials are struggling to come up with policy tools that will allow them to get a grip on a surge of Chinese acquisitions of leading German industrial companies.

As of Oct. 13, Chinese investors this year had announced 41 takeovers of German companies, totaling $11.29 billion in deal value, more than the cumulative total for all previous years, according to financial analytics provider Dealogic, whose data dates back to 1995, well before Chinese companies began making significant foreign acquisitions.

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