Alibaba, China’s internet giant, will purchase a 10% stake of Mail.Ru, one of Russia’s largest internet companies, to expand its ecommerce reach in Russia. As part of the deal, Alibaba, Mail.Ru, telecom company MegaFon, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, will form a joint venture called AliExpress Russia. Alibaba will have a 48% stake in the […]

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Capstone recently was invited to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)’s Chinese Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) Delegation Seminar to present on M&A opportunities for Chinese companies in Virginia.  There are many opportunities for investment; see some of the latest trends in the chart below. China’s inbound and outbound M&A activity has been rising, with 47% […]

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Chinese firm Shuanghui International Holdings announced its intention to buy Smithfield Foods Inc for $4.7 billion. The total of the transaction, including debt, would be $7.1 billion. That’s big news for M&A watchers in the food industry, an arena that has captured my attention since my firm managed the acquisition of shrimp specialist Empress International […]

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