Taking Stock 

America first – but who are the runners-up?

Taking Stock

America first – but who are the runners-up?

Analysis from Baker McKenzie shows that Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK more than doubled in 2017. This came about despite uncertainties linked to our impending exit from the European Union, although you would have to concede that the related fall in the value of sterling has had a galvanising effect in terms of the merger and acquisition (M&A) market. This was particularly noticeable in the UK during 2015-16 when annual inbound M&A in both years was well up on the $86bn (£62bn) annual average for the five years through to 2015 (a record year, overall, due to mega-deals completed for SABMiller and BG Group).

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