London was the most attractive destination for European FDI in 2013, with more than double the number of projects as second placed Paris.
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It is often cited that the BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – offer the best opportunities for growth. It would therefore follow that outward FDI flows from these countries are also expanding but only one of the so-called 'big four' appears in the top five countries in terms of outward FDI growth.
With backing from the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter, a new initiative, Make IT in Ireland, is hoping to increase the country's profile as a high-tech hub.
A report by global tax advisory, Taxand, shows that most of the tax reforms introduced in 2012 were designed to increase government revenues rather than encourage FDI.
There has been a growing number of FDI projects in the Irish software sector since 2003, with US-based firms leading the way.
As expansions increase at the expense of greenfield investment, taking an existing partner for granted could become a costly mistake.
The reputation of European companies when it comes to new medical technologies and the continent's attractive regulatory environment is increasingly causing venture capitalists from the US to steer their investments across the Atlantic.
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