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Welcome to fDi's Brexit hub brings together exclusive interviews, commentary and analysis from around the world by fDi Magazine and global crossborder investment trends from fDi Markets.

Following the UK's referendum vote to depart the European Union, gain insight how the divorce proceedings will have an impact on international and European trade, investment promotion and FDI.

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The EU will still loom large over UK trade deals

Leading advocates of Brexit foresee a ‘global UK’, unshackled by EU institutions and legislation, and free to trade and invest on new terms with the more exciting markets of the world. Yet there is mounting evidence to suggest that the UK’s trade and investment prospects will nevertheless remain heavily influenced by the EU, writes Dan Nicholls. 




Viewpoint: A five-point M&A plan for UK companies during Brexit

Although Brexit has raised short-term concerns over FDI flows, the UK economy’s compelling pro-business characteristics should see flows continue at a robust rate. The recent dip in overseas buying of UK companies is also likely to be short-term, though businesses seeking overseas buyers should present the best case to attract foreign corporate suitors, says Lord Leigh of Hurley.

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How Hessen plans to thrive from post-Brexit foreign investment

With Brexit expected to lead to a number of companies and employees from a variety of sectors relocating away from the UK, the region of Hessen in Germany – which contains financial centre Frankfurt within its borders – is positioning itself as the economic gateway to the EU. Wendy Atkins reports.

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Top sources for FDI into the UK by project numbers (2010-2015)

UK FDI data

Based on data from fDi Markets, North America and closely followed by Western Europe were the top source markets (80% collectively) for FDI projects into the UK between 2010-2015.

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Inside fDi: May we live in less interesting times

To say it has been an eventful 12 months would be an understatement. Yet amid Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism and protectionism, demonised multinationals and under-pressure IPAs the world over have been upping their game and getting business done. Courtney Fingar looks on in awe.

View from America: What will Trump or Clinton mean for foreign investment?

Democrats and Republicans are promising a redrafting of international trade and investment laws in the run-up to the presidential election, but their approaches are markedly different. 

View from Asia: Assessing the effects of the US’s next moves

Asia will be watching the new US president carefully, especially his approach to the issues that most affect the region, namely the economy and defence, says Lawrence Yeo.

View from Europe: How to beat the Brexit blues

Continental rivals will swoop if the UK cannot create a convincing post-Brexit culture for investment. 

View from Middle East and Africa: Brexit impact will reach all corners of the world

The Brexit vote may seem remote from the Middle East, but the UK's historic links to the region and globalisation mean there will be a ripple effect.

The Impact of Brexit on FDI into the UK: Recommendations for Investment Promotion Strategy

WAVTEQ Ltd, a global FDI consulting firm, have published a new study “The Impact of Brexit on FDI into the UK: Recommendations for Investment Promotion Strategy.” This working paper was independently published with the objective to understand the impact of Brexit on FDI to the United Kingdom and to provide recommendations for the UK's future investment promotion strategy.

Key findings include:

  • FDI is more important to the UK than for any other G7 economy.
  • The Centre for European Performance expects that FDI in the UK will decline by 22% due to Brexit.
  • There are over 23,000 foreign owned companies in the UK, which in 2014 had turnover (revenues) of £1.3 trillion.
  • FDI in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South East (including London) is most at risk if the UK does not join the single market.

Read the full report now.

Latest Brexit coverage

Will the UK find post-Brexit prosperity along China’s One Belt One Road?

As the UK prepares for life outside the EU, China’s One Belt One Road infrastructure programme offers many opportunities. The UK's language, law and learning gives the country an advantage but it must move quickly, says InvestUK’s Rupert Gather. 

From News

London tops Global Financial Centres Index

London has retained its crown as top of the GFCI 22 rankings, despite current political uncertainty, reports Natasha Turak.

South Africa and the EU: a mutually beneficial partnership

South Africa’s strategic partnership with the EU helps spur investment, innovation and job creation. Paolo Borzatta of think tank The European House-Ambrosetti and Stavros Nicolaou of pharmaceutical company Aspen discuss how both parties can strengthen economic relations and foster social innovation.

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Brexit, the UK and FDI: one year on

FDI into the UK has dropped in the year since the Brexit referendum. Jacopo Dettoni assesses how foreign and outward-looking domestic businesses are coping with the uncertainty that the vote has created.

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UK dependencies and territories ride out Brexit worries

UK dependencies such as the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar are already feeling the impact of the 2016 Brexit referendum. So far, however, all are reporting greater interest from investors since last June, writes Wendy Atkins.

From News

Survey reveals investor optimism over post-Brexit UK business

Asset Match survey demonstrates investor confidence in the UK’s business climate post-Brexit, but little faith in prime minister Theresa May

From News

BrickVest: UK still hot for property investment

Investment platform survey show that Brexit uncertainty is doing little to dent investor confidence in UK property

From News

Rolls-Royce makes biggest UK investment in a decade

Engineering giant Rolls-Royce has defied the climate of uncertainty surrounding Brexit by making a £150m investment.

From News

UK less attractive for wealth funds post-Brexit

The UK’s scheduled departure from the EU has dented its popularity with sovereign wealth funds, according to Invesco. Natasha Turak reports.

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Chief minister explains why Brexit will not rock Gibraltar

Although Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in the 2016 UK referendum, the British overseas territory pragmatically prepared in advance for a Brexit outcome, says chief minister Fabian Picardo. He tells Wendy Atkins why he is optimistic about future opportunities.

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Polish economy minister: “We have become Brexit’s beneficiary”

Poland experienced growth in greenfield foreign direct investment in 2016 despite worries about legislative changes. Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's deputy prime minister and minister of economic development, talks to Andrzej Stec of Rzeczpospolita business daily about what the results mean.

From Locations

Jersey eyes win-win Brexit scenario

Jersey is reliant upon its financial industry, and has always stood outside the EU in spite of the UK joining in 1973. The island's officials tell Sebastian Shehadi why both a hard and soft Brexit could work to its benefit.

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Brexodus: will foreign investors leave or remain in the UK?

IPAs from all over Europe are eyeing a piece of the UK's foreign investment inflows as uncertainty clouds the mind of investors in the aftermath of the June 23 referendum in which the country voted to leave the EU. Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

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Will UK's Northern Powerhouse project avoid Brexit derailment?

'The Northern Powerhouse' was one of former UK prime minister David Cameron's flagship projects, but changes in the government following the vote to leave the EU led to worries it would be quietly ditched. Roz Hanna looks at what the future holds for the initiative.

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Could Cologne's insurance industry benefit from Brexit fallout?

With the UK's financial services firms weighing up their options following the Brexit referendum, could Cologne be set to benefit from an exodus of insurance companies from London? Natasha Turak takes a look

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From News

Investors regroup as Brexit challenge looms

A period of uncertainty awaits businesses as the UK votes to leave the European Union following the June 23 referendum.

From News

Brexit gives Indian investors pause

The UK’s decision to leave the EU is forcing Indian investors to reconsider their operations in the country, particularly regarding steel production and IT services.

From News

Post-Brexit London still preferred by US tech firms

A survey has found US tech chiefs still prefer London to its European peers, citing human talent, language and easy access to finance.

From News

A post-Brexit future for Welsh FDI

Wales did well from EU money, but will that dry up now that the UK has voted to leave?

From News

EU cities offer financial alternatives to London post-Brexit

EU cities are courting London's financial community post-Brexit, but the uncertainty about what happens next and the inertia that ties firms to the UK's capital means there are unlikely to be any quick decisions about businesses leaving the City. 

From News

UK’s post-Brexit tax plans in question

Legal experts are weighing up the possible consequences for the UK if promised corporate tax proposals are carried out.

From News

UK to take M&A hit post-Brexit

British M&A activity to fall by 17%, but a quick Brexit may stem forecast losses 

From News

Chinese investors “hesitant” about post-Brexit UK

Director of law firm Yingke warns of uncertainty regarding access to EU markets

From News

Ireland looks to lure FDI from a post-Brexit UK

IDA, Ireland's investment promotion agency, is looking to coax companies wanting to maintain an EU base from a post-Brexit UK.

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