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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…

  • O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN – JUNCKER’S STATE OF THE UNION

    Among EU observers, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech was highly anticipated and widely expected to be more visionary and personal than in previous years. The speech was indeed much more optimistic and forward looking; Juncker claimed that the EU now had the wind in its sails. In this snapshot, we…

  • U.S. Election Results: Our Day-After Analysis

    After one of the longest, most volatile, and arguably most contentious presidential campaigns in modern American history, FTI Consulting developed detailed Day-After Analysis Reports regarding the U.S. election, providing an overview of the new balance of power and insights into the first 100 days of new leadership: U.S. Election Analysis; The First 100 Days &…

  • BREXIT: All You Need Is Trade – Views from institutional investors

    As the world awaits the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s next move on activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, we assess the UK’s trading relationships and how they might be impacted by Brexit. • What kind of deal could the UK seek with the European Union? • What will the remaining EU27 be prepared to give? •…

  • The knowns, the unknowns and what happens next? An FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast with Sir Philip Lowe

    Sir Philip Lowe addressed the theme of “Brexit: the knowns, the unknowns, and what happens next?” at the FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast of 13 July 2016. One of the most important unknowns, namely who was to lead the UK out of the EU, is now known. Theresa May was elected as the new British Prime…

  • Market Economy Status for China: Where are we heading?

    When China became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the WTO Accession Protocol established a transitional period up to December 2016 with regard to granting ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China. The absence of the MES gives China’s trading partners more flexibility in imposing anti-dumping duties on imports from China. Consequently,…

  • Trade for all… but are all for trade?

    With its new strategy Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to address the new challenges EU trade policy is facing. The strategy reflects changes in global trading patterns but also the growing interest and scepticism among the general public in global trade. One of the overarching objectives of the strategy is to ensure that trade benefits…

  • It’s high time to modernise digital trade rules

    The digitalization of trade is transforming what we understand as “traditional trade” today. Besides a constant flow of goods, services, capital and people, a seamless cross-border flow of data is becoming absolutely necessary for competitive production, underpinning whole value chains across all sectors of our economy. This economic transformation is as significant to our age…

  • 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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