China's outbound M&A appetite to draw more scrutiny after record year

China’s appetite for foreign assets is likely to remain healthy after completed acquisitions surged 46 percent to a record $105 billion this year as mainland firms scooped up assets ranging from movie studios to football clubs.

But tighter regulatory scrutiny at home and abroad is likely to make it harder for Chinese companies to target firms outside their own core business, or make purchases without giving more information on their source of funds.

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