China Investment Project

Germany and China –
Investor Relations under Complex Conditions



Here you will find news about the current status of the project and learn how you can stay up to date.

Annual Conference

On 12.11.2019 the annual conference of the WIRE Institute will take place in Hamburg with lectures on the latest economic developments in China.

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China Investment Project

Takeovers of German companies by Chinese investors may not be as common, but they are still regularly seen in the market. However, such transactions fail disproportionately often before they are completed or in the subsequent implementation phase. The analysis of the different legal frameworks, the financing possibilities and the economic as well as cultural peculiarities seems promising when it comes to the question of how to make transactions more successful.

Within the framework of the research project, we will examine the following questions:

  • What are the most important structural differences between the legal framework conditions in Germany and China?
  • What are the main economic and cultural reasons that takeovers or joint ventures fail?
  • What are the similarities, differences and mutual influences in German-Chinese transactions?
  • What is the US perspective on China-related transactions?


The results of the China Investment Project are published in the form of a scientific anthology and a “Manager’s Guide”. In addition, (international) conferences will be held in Hamburg in 2019 and 2020.

If you are interested in working with us, regardless of whether you are a researcher, entrepreneur or consultant, please do not hesitate to contact us.

News from our blog

On our blog you can follow the current developments in our project. We regularly inform you about milestones reached, write reports on German or Chinese particularities in the M&A environment and share interesting articles and analyses with you.

Are foreign companies leaving the Chinese market?

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China’s investment climate

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The role of the Port of Hamburg in trade with China

Despite the general weakness of the global economy, trade relations between Germany and China remain stable. In 2018, goods worth almost 200 billion euros were traded between the two countries, making Germany the most important trading partner for the People's...