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International Investment Perspectives 2007

Freedom of Investment in a Changing World

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The global environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) improved in 2006 with investment inflows in OECD countries reaching US$ 910 billion – their highest level since the record year 2000. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions – a central component of FDI – continued to grow in 2007 and could be headed for their highest-ever levels. This volume of International Investment Perspectives contains two main analytic sections. The first addresses an apparent growth in discriminatory practices toward cross-border investment in recent years motivated by concerns about national security and related essential concerns. The second main section focuses on the new opportunities arising from FDI and the changing nature of the international economy in which investment takes place.

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Economic and Other Impacts of Foreign Corporate Takeovers in OECD Countries

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are growing rapidly and are changing the industrial landscape in OECD countries. Merger activity is highly cyclical, and the current wave will no doubt recede in rhythm with the business cycle. But each wave reaches new heights and with each new wave, the role of foreign-owned firms in OECD countries and the international operations of domestic firms grow. The questions cross-border M&As raise and the reactions they elicit are not new, but they are clearly growing in importance with the rise in foreign takeovers. The emergence of multinational enterprises from developing countries, notably India and China, has also added a new dimension.

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