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Chinese cash losing its cachet as yuan controls choke off deals

Overseas investment by Chinese plunges with record numbers of deals cancelled

Shanghai

FOR years, cash-rich Chinese investors have been highly sought after the world over. Now, their cash is losing its cachet.

China's increasing efforts to prevent capital from leaving the country are eroding the confidence of domestic and foreign investors about getting deals done inside and outside of the world's second-biggest economy.

Chinese bidders had become ubiquitous in deals in the past two years and were welcomed, said Severin Brizay, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa mergers and acquisitions for the investment bank UBS.

"Clients were asking if it would be possible to make sure they are involved. Now, we are seeing the reverse: some clients are asking if we can do it without...

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