The Dynamics of M&A Strategy

Mastering the Outbound M&A Wave of Chinese Banks

by Björn Schmidt (Author)
Thesis XX, 337 Pages


China’s banking sector has witnessed significant inbound M&A traffic by developed market banks in recent years. At the same time, Chinese banks have risen to become some of the world’s biggest banks. Along with these massive market values and financing capabilities have come global ambitions culminating in first outbound M&A moves. This study exploratively researches the relationship between developed market banks’ inbound M&A into China and Chinese banks’ outbound M&A. Based on a conceptual discussion, case studies and expert interviews an explanation model is developed outlining the drivers and barriers of Chinese banks’ outbound M&A and the factors in the inbound-outbound relationship. This model enables developed market banks to analyse potential M&A reactions by incumbents. Finally, dynamic M&A market entry strategies are derived, which explicitly account for future incumbent outbound M&A moves.


XX, 337
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XX, 337 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Björn Schmidt (Author)

Björn B. Schmidt, born 1980, studied Business Administration at Warwick Business School and Kingston University London, where he obtained an MSc with Distinction and a BA (Hons), respectively. Following his studies he worked for a global bank, ultimately as Associate in a corporate strategy function. He earned his doctorate from Potsdam University in 2010 and currently is a Junior Executive with a leading media corporation.


Title: The Dynamics of M&A Strategy