Li Ka-shing’s CKI and Fosun among early bidders for European parking lot operator

Cheung Kong Infrastructure and Fosun International are among several Asian groups that have submitted bids for Q-Park, one of Europe’s largest parking lot operators, in a deal that could fetch more than $2.4bn.

China Oceanwide, a Beijing-based conglomerate owned by a billionaire banking magnate, and Shougang Group, a state-owned Chinese steel company, also joined the first round of bidding on the Netherlands-based parking group, two people familiar with the matter said.

The battle for Q-Park has attracted some of Asia’s biggest corporate names. CKI is controlled by Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men. Fosun — which placed a bid at the start of the auction but is no longer part of the process, according to a source familiar with the bids — is led by Guo Guangchang, the self-proclaimed “Warren Buffett of China”.

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