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CEFC China Energy (Chinese: 中国华信能源) is a private Chinese conglomerate. With revenue of 263 billion CNY (US$40 billion or 33 billion EUR) in 2014 the company is among the 10 largest private companies in China.[3] In 2014 the company generated revenue mainly from oil and gas (60%) and financial services (25%),[2] but operates also in a wide range of other sectors like transport infrastructure, forestry, asset management, hotel management, warehousing services, real estate development and logistics services.[1] A large portion of CEFC's assets is concentrated in overseas markets.[1] Since 2013 the company has been listed on the Fortune Global 500 list.[4] It rose from a rank of 342 in 2015 to 229 in June 2016.[5] Most of the company is owned by Shanghai Energy Fund Investment Ltd (SEFI), which is registered under Ye Jianming, the chairman of CEFC.[1] Czech President Miloš Zeman has appointed CEFC's founder Ye Jianming as his economic adviser.[6] The company is linked to the People's Liberation Army.[7][8]

CEFC China Energy
IndustryOil and gas, Financial services
HeadquartersShanghai, China
Area served
Key people
RevenueIncrease CN¥263 billion (2015)[2]
Number of employees
30 000 (2015)[2]


In May 2015, the company acquired a 5% stake in J&T Finance Group.[9] This increased to 9.9% in September 2015.[10] In 2017 company applied to acquire 50% J&T Finance Group, but the deal has been refused by Czech National Bank because of lack of sufficient information on the origin of most of the funding for the deal.[11][12]

In September 2015, the company acquired multiple assets in the Czech Republic - a majority stake in brewery Pivovary Lobkowicz Group [cs], a 10% stake in airline Travel Service, 60% in football club SK Slavia Prague and real-estate assets in Prague - the building of the former Živnostenská banka at Na příkopě street and Le Palais Art Hotel Prague.[13][14] CEFC also bought a stake of between 50 and 90 per cent in Czech online travel agent Invia in March 2016, probably with a view to capitalising on the rapidly increasing numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Prague.[15]

In 2017, CEFC bought a 14.16% stake in Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft for about $9 billion.[16][17]

2018 takeoverEdit

In 2018, after its chairman Ye Jianming was detained for questioning on the order of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.[18][19] South China Morning Post reported that "Shanghai Guosheng Group [zh], a portfolio and investment agency controlled by Shanghai’s municipal government, had taken control of CEFC China Energy".[20][21] The state controlled CITIC Group acquired 49% of CEFC Shanghai, a subsidiary of CEFC China Energy; in turn, CEFC Shanghai owns CEFC Europe.[22][21] In April 2018, CEFC announced they may lay off half of its 30,000-strong staff; staff have not been paid for two months.[23]

In May 2018, CITIC Group announced they will repay ca 450 million euros owed by CEFC Europe to finance and banking group J&T within days[24] but since the debt has not been paid a week later, J&T announced it had taken over shareholder rights and installed crisis management at CEFC Europe.[25] Several days later, CEFC Shanghai defaulted on $327 millions in bond payments, and offered to make the payments six months after the maturity date.[26]


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  4. ^ Fortune Global 500
  5. ^ "2016年财富世界500强最新排行榜名单 财富世界500强中国110家上榜-理财产品 - 南方财富网". Retrieved 2016-07-24.
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  7. ^ "Opaque Chinese oil group makes clear gains in former Soviet bloc". Financial Times. 13 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Who’s that 39-year-old paying HK$1.4 billion for three office floors?". South China Morning Post. 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ "China's CEFC takes stake in Czech-Slovak J&T Finance Group". Reuters. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  10. ^ Čínský konglomerát CEFC už má v J&T desetinu. Usiluje o 30 procent, Retrieved 25 March 2016
  11. ^ Muller, Robert (2018-01-04). "China's CEFC hits regulatory hurdle in pursuit of Czech JTFG stake:..." Reuters. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  12. ^ Johnstone, Chris. "CEFC faces obstacle to Czech purchase of J&T Financial Group stake | Radio Prague". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  13. ^ Hovet, Jason. "China's CEFC adds to Czech buying spree with airline, brewery deals". Reuters. Retrieved 7 September 2015.Johnston, Raymond (4 September 2015). "Chinese firm CEFC buys majority stake in Slavia Praha". Prague Post. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  14. ^ Annual report of CEFC Investment (Europe) Company a.s. for calendar year 2015
  15. ^ Čínská CEFC kupuje podíl v Invii, chce nabídnout servis čínským turistům,,, Retrieved 25 March 2016
  16. ^ "Why an Enigmatic Chinese Company Just Spent $9 Billion on a Stake in Rosneft". Bloomberg. 2 October 2017.
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