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  • Europe: Foreign Direct Investment under Scrutiny

    Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

  • Brexit and Private Equity: Business as Usual?

    Global Private Equity (PE) assets under management have been rising in recent years, reaching a new high in June 2015 at $2.4 trillion. A similar trend can be seen in Europe where PE is increasingly considered an important funding channel for businesses in Europe. The outcome of the Brexit referendum appears not to have bucked…

  • The Energy Union – A wiring scheme for Europe’s energy future

                      Energy Union is one of the main priorities of the Juncker Commission. The Communication adopted on 25 February outlines the strategy that evolves around five dimensions such as security of energy supply, internal energy market, decarbonisation and energy efficiency and lists the legislative and non-legislative initiatives…

  • Anti-US Sentiments – A concern for business?

                  The Snowden revelations, domination of the internet by US companies and the ongoing critical debate about TTIP impact public opinion of US business in the EU. While the US is by far Europe’s most important partner in political as well as economic terms, US companies are increasingly concerned…

  • The Modi-Juncker Era – New Opportunities in EU-India Trade

    The recent breakthrough in the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations shows that India is opening up towards free trade.  While the EU-India Free Trade Agreement is unlikely to conclude within the year, there are other opportunities from which business can benefit, and the new political administrations in the world’s two largest democratic jurisdictions could provide the…

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