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Lateral trades - Breathing fire into the BRICS

China outbound M&A activity into Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa


With an average estimated GDP growth rate of 4.8 percent over the coming 12 months, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – a figure that is four times larger than their developed market counterparts' – the global spotlight is almost undoubtedly going to remain on the BRICS economies (made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) over the foreseeable future. Driven by favorable demographics, a rapidly-expanding middle class, as well as being characterized by relative political stability and bullish investor sentiment (at the time of writing, all five equity markets were in positive territory year-to-date), cross-border M&A activity between the BRICS will continue to shine bright despite a less positive outlook elsewhere.

In order to illuminate these market developments and more, Deloitte's Chinese Services Group has written and published Lateral trades – Breathing fire into the BRICS, which brings you a historical review of Chinese outbound M&A activity into its four closest contemporaries over recent years. It also offers proprietary insights from Deloitte rainmakers situated in China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa into what is driving these trends and where the market is headed over the foreseeable future.


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