Chinese banks have been warned by regulators against lending to Dalian Wanda as the serial acquirer comes under official scrutiny following a half-decade overseas dealmaking binge. Regulators instructed banks to restrict exposure to the property-to-movies conglomerate in a meeting on June 20, according to notes of the meeting that were seen by the Financial Times. A person familiar with the discussions between banks and regulators vis-a-vis Wanda said six Wanda deals were discussed. The document cites two of the deals by name, giving strict instructions to banks not to finance them, accept their assets as collateral, list them in China or inject them into Wanda’s China-listed companies. Wanda was also told not to inject any of its own assets into the six acquisitions or sell them to other Chinese buyers. Overall the meeting appeared to highlight official anxiety about Wanda’s financial situation. The unlisted parent, which does not publish information about its liabilities, made virtually all of Wanda’s foreign acquisitions.
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