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A CFIUS blow

A CFIUS blow? Sany win rocks US investment arena

Will a first-round court victory for Chinese manufacturer Sany over the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US have implications for other foreign investors?

The worth of risk

Where to go, when to stay: the perils of risk assessment in 2014

Global instability is nothing new, but the past few years have seen numerous flashpoints come to the fore around the world. This leaves many companies in a quandary over whether to stay in an unsettled location, how to insure themselves, and how to keep the locals on side should they choose to stay put. 

Solo cities

Solo cities: why large US metropolitan areas need their own FDI strategy

With their huge economies and unique industrial structures, large US cities need their own bespoke FDI strategies, according to new reports from the Brookings Institute and the National League of Cities. 

The question of responsibility

Accountability moves up the supply chain

Companies are increasingly being held to account for the working conditions in their supply chains, but should the blame for human rights violations be placed on the shoulders of foreign investors?

US utility providers power state promotional efforts

US utility providers power state promotional efforts

In a number of US states – including Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia – privately owned utility companies are putting their weight behind local investment promotion efforts, using their extensive resources and discounted energy rates to attract big businesses into the area and increase their customer base. 

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.

The Hague's Binnenhof

Netherlands strives for flexibility and friendliness

The Netherlands is altering its business landscape by bringing in a series of laws intended to make it even easier for foreign companies to invest in the country.

Istanbul, Turkey
From Sectors

Law firms look to extend their global reach

In a bid to cater for their increasingly globalised clients, law firms are having to extend their international reach, making expensive and time-consuming investments in regional offices, which sometimes do not even turn a profit.

Denver's airport

The battle of the air hubs

The growing trend of airports as strategic assets to attract inward investors has led to a rise in both airport cities, which place airports at the centre with new cities growing around them, and existing air hubs receiving extensive facelifts. 

TEASER-SWFs shift focus: sovereign money flows south

SWFs shift focus: sovereign money flows south

The world's economic balance is shifting, and sovereign wealth funds are starting to cut their exposure to developed economies and head towards emerging markets. But facing challenges such as limited availability of 'free-float' equity, the move does not come without risk.

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