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Chinese Private Equity Firm Orient Hontai Close To Takeover Of Mediapro Owner Imagina

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 17

Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai "agreed to buy a majority stake in Spanish sports rights group Imagina" for $1B, the latest deal from "deep-pocketed Chinese investors to transform the Asian country" into a global football "powerhouse," according to González & Ruano of REUTE...

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