Asian cross-border investment surged by 98% y-o-y to US$ 45.2 bn in H1 2017. The increase was partly due to a one-off US$ 13.2bn purchase of a logistics portfolio in EMEA.
Though Chinese investment was still the most active, the buyer mix changed amid the increased scrutiny of cross-border capital flow. All other major sources of capital such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan all saw higher levels of outbound investment. One continuing trend is that of fewer but larger deals.
Americas and EMEA remained the preferred regions for Asian cross-border investment but turnover within Asia also rose 68% y-o-y. London, New York and Hong Kong remained the top three destinations.
China outbound investment will continue but the buyer mix may change and the pace may moderate as investors refine their investment strategies and adjust to new rules.