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Finland finds opportunities in Nokia's downturn

Finland finds opportunities in Nokia's downturn

Finland has been hit hard by the downturn in the fortunes of phone firm Nokia, but the wealth of expertise and the spirit of enterprise that made the company such a success has been channelled into a fertile nursery of start-ups.

Drooms moves with the M&A market

Drooms moves with the M&A market

Jan Hoffmeister, the managing director of global virtual data room provider Drooms, explains how important it is for the company to remain limber and adapt to emerging M&A trends.

Outward bound: emerging sources of FDI

Outward bound: emerging sources of FDI

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.

Macedonia raises its game

Macedonia raises its game

The republic of Macedonia has undergone a radical transformation in recent years thanks to its government's efforts to revitalise the country's economy, business environment and the look of its capital city, Skopje. The result is new buildings, new businesses and record inflows of FDI.

Macedonia switches on to IT

Macedonia switches on to IT

While some IT hotspots in central and eastern Europe are overheating, with rising demand leading to a hike in wage expectations, Macedonia is positioning itself to take advantage, investing in developing the IT expertise of its graduates and establishing a business incubator to assist new businesses.

Eager to please

Macedonia's free zones show an eagerness to please

The service levels shown to foreign companies locating in Macedonia's free zones have come as a pleasant surprise to even the most seasoned of professionals, giving the country a further competitive advantage on top of its tax incentives and cheap labour.

Sharjah looks to build on its success

Sharjah looks to build on its success

Economic free zones, political stability and diversification have fuelled development and growth in Sharjah – the emirate now accounts for one-third of the UAE's manufacturing sector – but its government has further plans to maximise its appeal to international investors. 

Finland president seeks better self-promotion

Finland president seeks better self-promotion

With its good business climate, highly educated workforce and large neighbouring countries, Finland should be easily marketable to investors but, according to the country's president Sauli Niinisto, the country needs to work harder at promoting its merits and pushing for more inward FDI.

North America and China trade insults

North America and China trade insults

As animosity between North America and China grows, North America is being increasingly protectionist in its FDI policies, which Chinese investors are rebuffing with claims that they lack clarity and transparency.

Strong flows in MENA's oil and gas industry: Ernst & Young

The Middle East and north African oil and gas sector experienced a surge in transactions in 2012, according to Ernst & Young, and can expect further growth in 2013.

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