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  • M&A July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Brand Shopping: Mergers and acquisitions in China’s retail market

    Catalog detail. LVMH's Ochirly.

    China is the world's second largest retail market and everyone wants a piece of the pie. But building a retail operation from scratch takes time and requires scarce expertise. As a result, many Chinese and foreign retailers rely on mergers and acquisitions to launch, expand, or gain strategic advantage. Below is a rundown of major deals from the past decade, and a summary key trends to watch over the next few years.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    July 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Turning Japanese: Suning’s Laox Gamble

    Laox China.

    Suning spent years as the perpetual runner up in China's home appliance market. It finally took the lead from archenemy Gome in the late naughties, only to grapple with softer demand due to the cooling real estate market. Suning responded by diversifying into lifestyle shopping centres, online commerce, and international markets. Laox, a Japanese retailer it acquired in 2011, now stands at the centre of Suning's domestic and overseas expansion plans. Suning's strategy offers interesting lessons to retailers in China, Japan, and beyond.  ...Read More

  • FMCG, Lifestyle, M&A, Trends
    June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Warm and Bubbly: A sober look at China’s beer market

    Ad for Kirin's Chinese brand, Haizhu

    China became the world's largest beer producer and consumer in 2002. Since then, the country retained its top position, selling nearly 50 billion litres in 2011 - a quarter of the overall global volume. Still, China consumes far less beer per capita than America or Europe, leaving plenty of room for growth. The local market is dominated by a few large brands but is still relatively fragmented, with hundreds of local and foreign competitors engaged in territorial battles and strategic maneuvers. The end of 2011 saw a spike in demand for beer, signaling a fresh round of expansion and consolidation. Here's what you need to know.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red Blackberry: Will a Chinese web giant buy RIM?

    Blackberry China. Going local?

    RIM, maker of Blackberry, is dying. Following ongoing losses, layoffs, management changes, and a diminishing market share, the company hired J.P. Morgan and RBC to help it "review its strategic options". A this point, selling the company or parts of it is the most likely option. We expect the Microsoft-Facebook alliance will be interested, together with the usual hardware suspects, including those from Korea and Japan, and maybe even Amazon. But we think the best outcome would be for Blackberry to be sold to one of China's online media giants. And here's why. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, M&A
    May 24, 2012 | 1 Comments

    Tencent’s next target: Amazon

    Tencent's QQ Music

    Tencent, China's largest online media company, anounced earlier this week that it would restructure into six new groups. The company hopes the restructure would allow it to use existing assets more efficiently. More importantly, Tencent hopes the restructure would allow it to leverage its dominance in online media to build an integrated e-Commerce platform. Huateng "Pony" Ma, the company's CEO, plans to invest USD 1 billion over the next five years in order to turn the company from China's Facebook to China's Amazon. ...Read More

  • Entertainment, M&A
    May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Wanda: American dreams and Chinese realities

    Wanda malls, open and under construction, across China.

    America gave the world mainstream cinema and integrated shopping malls. Both industries originated in Europe and grew to their current size in American hands. Now a Chinese company is aiming to out-size Americans at both. Dalian Wanda is building the world's largest retail and entertainment operation, but its expansion depends on China's now-slowing housing market. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, M&A
    April 24, 2012 | 1 Comments

    A Chinese perspective on Facebook’s Future

    Tencent's new WeChat messenger.

    One month before its momentous IPO, Facebook's prospects seem murky. This week, the company announced that it has 900 million users and cooling revenues. Last week, Facebook purchased Instagram, a year-old photo sharing app for USD 1 billion. Fear of competition seems to be the main impetus behind the acquisition: Facebook does not need Instagram's user base (they are all on Facebook anyway), it does not need Instagram's (lack of) business model, and it does not need Instagram's (unremarkable) technology. ...Read More

  • Cars, M&A, What's News?
    May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Geely’s international adventures not going smoothly… in China.

    Volvo S40... coming soon.

    Geely, China's largest privately-owned car company, is expanding aggressively overseas. Meanwhile, the Chinese sales of Geely's international brand, Volvo, are hit due to supply chain delays on the mainland. Geely plans to invest USD 40 million to build a new factory in Uruguay. The factory will open within six months and its output, Geely cars, will be exported to Argentina. The move aims to circumvent Argentina's import limitations, and allow Geely greater access to that country. As international expansion goes, Geely is the most aggressive of China's auto companies. ...Read More

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