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The Future of FDI Post-COVID: Greenfield & M&A

Date: 15-Jun-2020
Time:: 2:00 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1 Hour

The Future of FDI Post-COVID: Greenfield & M&A

In 2019, greenfield FDI remained stationary with the number of FDI projects reaching 15,558, compared to the 15,561 recorded in 2018. Capital investment declined 15% to $795.7bn, but remained above the 2017 total of $651.1bn. Job creation declined 5% to 2.2 million. (THE fDi REPORT 2020)
In the year 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the activities have been halted. “Real capital expenditure, greenfield investments, and expansions are being hampered by physical closures of sites and production slowdowns. Cross-border M&As (mergers and acquisitions) are being delayed, and new M&A announcements are on course to drop by 70 percent globally in the first quarter.” (UNCTAD 2020)

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • The impact of pandemic on greenfield investments & M&A
  • What policymakers need to do to restore investor’s confidence
  • The role of the private sector & IPAs

David East
Head of FDI and Economic Products, Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company

Highly accomplished, dynamic and experienced cross-border investment professional, with over 18 years’ experience gained in the industry working with large multinationals, leading consultants, multilateral organisations, government investment promotion agencies and academic institutions globally. Currently, David is the Director, Product Strategy for the Tax/Transfer Pricing, FDI & Economic verticals at Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company. David initiated the concept and developed the only global database tracking both Greenfield FDI projects and cross-border M&A deals - Orbis Crossborder Investment. David is regularly invited to participate at international FDI events as a moderator, panellist and as a trainer.

Martin G. Kaspar
Head of Development at a German Automotive Supplier

Martin G. Kaspar currently works for a German Mittelstands company as Head of Corporate Development. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the German corporate sector and is an expert in internationalization, FDI and international business. He is a regular speaker / panellist at FDI events, as well as a regular contributor to various FDI-and M&A related publications. Currently he is also researching the role of Investment Promotion Agencies in FDI decision-making.

Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim
Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

In 1996 Sikh Joined Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Economic Affairs Officer, Chemical Industries Division, MIDA HQ. He has held various positions in MIDA such as Deputy Director, MIDA Osaka, Japan, Deputy Director, Investment Promotion Division (Asia Pacific Zone), MIDA HQ, Director, MIDA Houston, United States of America, Director, MIDA Singapore, Director, Domestic Investment Division, MIDA HQ. In Jan 2020 he was appointed as Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division, MIDA HQ

Najib Hashem
Principal Director, Financial Advisory, Deloitte Middle East

Najib leads Deloitte’s Operational and Commercial Advisory practice in Financial Advisory across the Middle East. As a seasoned M&A Integration and Separation practitioner, he is the first point of call to support clients with integrations and carve-outs. Najib assists clients to understand the strategic opportunities and risks associated with their transactions and to plan and deliver the expected benefits.

Craig J. Burchell
Vice President Global Trade Affairs, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

Craig Burchell is an advocate for global trade to share prosperity and for global cooperation to promote global value chains, equal opportunities, and technology for all. Craig is a trade lawyer of 30years standing and an experienced advocate to governments, institutions and key stakeholders around the world on law, business & policy related to the technology sector.

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