Latest articles from Philippa Maister

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.

Irish eyes on the Islamic finance prize

Irish eyes on the Islamic finance prize

Its high growth and relative stability in such times of economic uncertainty has seen myriad countries trying to position themselves as Islamic finance hubs. Ireland is the latest country to do this, and the early signs – including a $2bn sukuk issued on its stock exchange by Goldman Sachs last year – are promising.

Stuck in reverse

SEC reverse merger rule could hit SMEs

With a number of scandals at Chinese companies listed in New York, the US Securities and Exchange Commission tightened the rules on private companies going public by merging with a shell company. But smaller companies, unable to launch initial public offerings, are set to lose out, as reverse mergers are the only way to attract capital.

Non-equity modes of production a threat to FDI
From Sectors

Non-equity modes of production a threat to FDI?

Crossborder ‘non-equity modes’ activity is estimated to have generated more than $2000bn in exports in 2010 and is reshaping global trade patterns. But despite employing up to 21 million people worldwide, the NEM concept is still being eyed with caution.

Angel Gurria
From Companies

OECD guidelines offer CSR clarity

The corporate responsibility standards expected of multinationals has been spelled out in guidelines published by the OECD. However, while take-up among countries has been encouraging, there are still some notable exceptions.


When Korea came calling

The deal that ended with the building of a $1bn assembly plant for South Korean car manufacturer Kia in a rural US state has had wide-reaching implications, both economic and cultural. And although there has been a price to pay on both sides, it appears to be outweighed by the benefits


Ireland's booming FDI defies the doom-mongers

A focus on Ireland's struggling banking sector and budget deficit has overshadowed the region's success in attracting multinational investors to its shores, and while it was widely expected the region's domestic troubles would dampen FDI, the opposite is proving to be the case

Expat workers
From Companies

Trouble abroad: companies cut costs of overseas staff deployments

Sending staff overseas for long periods involves costs and challenges. This is expected to continue to expand, but in these austere times, firms are cutting the length of deployments and benefits offered

Desertec solar project edges closer

The Desertec Industry Initiative, an ambitious transnational plan to harness solar energy from deserts in north Africa and the Middle East for European consumption, continues to make progress, with more high-profile backers getting behind the project

Global greenfield investment trends

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Research report

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