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Exclusive analysis from fDi Intelligence, a publication from the Financial Times, on the latest trends and developments in the foreign investment world. Every month, fDi hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with interviews and insights from policymakers and investors from all around the globe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Famous for The Beatles, football and its waterfront, Liverpool is also a notable case study in cultural urban regeneration. It won its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 and has since become a popular city break destination, attracting over 50m tourists a year pre-pandemic. Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, talks to fDi…
 
The Tate Modern needs little introduction. As one of the most recognisable museums in the world, it has helped put London on the map as an international art and cultural centre. But perhaps less often discussed is its contribution towards the transformation of London’s waterfront in what could be described as a “Tate Modern effect”. In conversation…
 
Covid-19 has disrupted global supply chains in everything from semiconductors to vaccines. Jennifer Bisceglie, the CEO and founder of supply chain risk company Interos, has spent over two decades helping organisations reduce risk and avoid disruption in their supply chains. From her base in Arlington, Virginia, Ms Bisceglie joins fDi’s regular star…
 
Software as a service (SaaS) platforms are particularly scalable, making them highly sought after by both venture capital and public market investors. The journey of Freshworks, a provider of SaaS to help businesses engage with their customers, is a case in point. Since being founded in the Indian city of Chennai in 2010, Freshworks has moved its h…
 
When Harpa Concert Hall opened in 2011, it was met with anger and dismay as the fallout from the banking crisis still roiled Iceland. Now, the honeycombed glass structure, which doubles up as a conference centre, boasts an approval rating of over 70% and is a main attraction for foreign visitors who come to visit Reykjavik. As it celebrates its 10t…
 
Katowice offers its visitors something alternative to picturesque Krakow, only 70km away. Once the industrial heartland of communist Poland, the city and surrounding region of Upper Silesia was synonymous with coal and far from being perceived as a hub for the arts. As the coal mines were closed down in the mid-1990s, there was also a push to make …
 
Mexico City-based Kavak, an online used car marketplace start-up now valued at $8.7bn, is on a mission to improve transparency, safety and access to financing in the used car market across Latin America. Carlos Garcia Ottati, a serial entrepreneur who founded Kavak in 2016 after leading other notable start-ups across the region, joined fDi’s Rising…
 
Rapid grocery delivery services have raised eye-watering funding and expanded rapidly this year. Istanbul-based Getir, the start-up that pioneered the 10-minute delivery model now valued at $7.5bn, is expanding its operations across Europe and soon into the US. Nazim Salur, Getir’s CEO and co-founder, joined fDi’s regular start-up podcast to discus…
 
This week, we travel up from Bilbao to Arles in Provence, France, where the Luma Arles Tower was unveiled over the summer. Luma Arles itself spans art, design, performance, research and ecology and sits on a defunct rail yard site. Like Bilbao’s Guggenheim, the centrepiece for the $175m multi-disciplinary arts complex was designed by American archi…
 
The Bilbao Effect is a term bandied around to describe how a cultural institution can reignite the local economy of a disaffected city or area. In this new podcast series, we want to look closely at different case studies to understand how culture can provide a boost to urban development. Juan Ignacio Vidarte, director general of the Guggenheim Bil…
 
Can culture boost economic development? "The Bilbao Effect" is a new podcast series from fDi Intelligence hosted by Seth O'Farrell, looking at the role of culture and cultural institutions in the economic development of cities. Premiering September 24. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Fast growing companies relocate their headquarters for many reasons, and GetYourGuide is no different. After being founded in Zurich in 2009, the experience booking platform decided to move their main office to Berlin in 2018, aiming to leverage the city’s growing start-up expertise and appeal to tech talent. Tao Tao, GetYourGuide’s co-founder and …
 
An explosion in the popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has been a boon for trading platforms this year, with Vienna-based Bitpanda among them. Having ridden a wave of retail investor interest in digital assets, crypto trading platform Bitpanda became Austria’s first “unicorn” – private company valued at above $1bn – after its Series B…
 
Co-hosts Yessi and Alex wrap up season one of the podcast To conclude their virtual tour of UK tech communities, co-hosts Yessi and Alex give their take on the current state of the UK's start-up scene, summarising the six ecosystems featured so far. Yessi and Alex discuss topics such as the humility of entrepreneurs and affordability of cities outs…
 
fDi speaks to Stephanie Locke and Neil Cocker about the start-up community in Cardiff. In this seventh episode, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez head to Cardiff in Wales to find out what's happening with entrepreneurship on the ground. Joining the show to provide their candid take on Cardiff's start-up ecosystem are Neil Cocker, the c…
 
Min Ye, associate professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Min Ye talks to fDi's Seth O'Farrell about how China’s economic policy was born of crisis, not desire for control. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the economic development strategy adopted in 2013, has undergone various permutatio…
 
In part two of the sixth episode exploring the entrepreneurial landscape of UK cities, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez continue their remote journey to Belfast. Featuring the same two guests as part one – Belfast City Council' digital innovation commissioner Jayne Brady, and Henry Joseph-Grant, a serial entrepreneur and start-up ment…
 
In part one of the sixth episode exploring the entrepreneurial landscape of UK cities, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez travel remotely to Belfast. Joining the show are two guests born in Northern Ireland, who discuss why they both returned home after years of diverse work experience abroad in multinationals, venture capital and start…
 
In the fifth episode of this bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez explore the entrepreneurial landscape in the UK’s second largest city Birmingham. Joining the show to provide their take on the start-up scene is Hilary Smyth-Allen, the executive lead at Supertech WM, a cross-sector partnership that promotes Birmingham an…
 
In the fourth episode of this bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez continue northward through the UK's emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, exploring the start-up scene in Scotland's most populous city Glasgow. Joining the show to provide their on-the-ground perspectives of the Glaswegian tech community are Dr. Olga Kozl…
 
In the third episode of this new bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez continue their exploration of the UK's rising start-up ecosystems, stopping off in West Yorkshire's largest city: Leeds. Joining as guests are two prominent members of the Leeds community, Stuart Clarke, the director of Leeds Digital Festival, and Hele…
 
In the second episode of this new bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez, begin their journey through the UK's rising start-up ecosystems by stopping off at the world-renowned university town of Cambridge. Joining as guests are two active members of the Cambridge community, Tony Raven, the CEO of Cambridge Enterprise, and …
 
In the first episode of this new bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez explore the concept of start-up ecosystems and their importance. Joining as inaugural guests are two maestros of London's start-up scene, Eileen Burbidge and Eric van der Kleij, to discuss the rise of ecosystems across the UK. This episode covers topic…
 
Ravinder Kaur, professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, explains India's shift from a postcolonial nation to an attractive investment destination. Professor Kaur discusses with fDi's Alex Irwin-Hunt how foreign investment has influenced India's international branding, domestic politics and development within the Sout…
 
Marc Israel of White & Case discusses the UK's new 'voluntary' powers on FDI intervention On June 23rd, UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced that "the UK is open for investment, but not for exploitation", bringing in more powers to intervene in foreign dealmaking. This has given more oversight to businesses involved with the Covid-19 crisis,…
 
Germany is taking a lead in reforming its foreign investment review mechanism to protect sensitive sectors, as well as sensitive technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence that are at the heart of its cutting-edge industrial sector. Daniel Wiedmann, an associated partner with law firm P+P Pöllath + Partners based, connects from Frankfur…
 
Following the new guidance issued by the European Commission in March, Italy upgraded its 'golden power' legislation accordingly. Rome now seems even willing to go as far as asking foreign investors in strategic assets to keep jobs and research & development activities within the country on the ground of public order and security. In the third epis…
 
(Recorded in Spanish) La zona franca de Barcelona ha hecho de la innovación y de la nueva economía unos de los ejes principales de su plan estratégico. La pandemia del Covid-19 solo ha acelerado esta transición, y el Consorci de la Zona Franca, la entidad pública que administra la zona desde el 1916, esta hoy mas que nunca comprometido en impulsar …
 
In the second episode of Fortress FDI, our mini-series on rising investment scrutiny and protectionism, Paulette Vander Schueren, a partner with law firm Mayer Brown, and Edouard Gergondet, an associate with Mayer Brown, discuss with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni the case of the European Union as the Commission issued new guidance urging each member …
 
Chris Rosario of Squire Patton Boggs joins from Perth as the country reviews any FDI deal Covid-19 has made the argument for investment protectionism stronger as governments across the globe rush to protect strategic assets or even distressed assets from foreign investment and takeover. In this mini-series of podcasts about investment protectionism…
 
Covid-19 has disrupted global markets. While a majority of sectors hope to be able to go back to a "new normal" in the mid-term, others will have to adjust to longer lasting changes. The fDi team singles out three of the sectors that will never be the same again after Covid-19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The US administration has ramped up its secondary sanctions programmes against those whom it considers rogue states. Today more than ever, non-US companies outside the US jurisdiction are compelled to comply with these sanctions programmes. When UK-based Cynergy Bank refused to pay the interests it owed to a Cyprus-based counterpart, Lamesa Investm…
 
Jon-Paul Doran, CEO & founder of UK medicinal cannabis company Eco Equity, tells fDi's Sebastian Shehadi about his experience of investing in the cannabis market in Zimbabwe and the Carribbean. The global cannabis market is growing at breakneck pace, however, navigating this 'green rush' is not easy and failure rates are extremely high. With cannab…
 
The new Nafta, renamed the United States – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) agreement, limits the scope for international arbitration and prevents general investors, except those active in a few sensitive sectors, to bypass domestic courts altogether. Orlando Cabrera, an associate lawyer with law firm Hogan Lovells in Mexico City, tells podcast host Jacopo …
 
What does the digital economy mean for businesses' international expansion? Nigel Vaz, CEO of digital transformation consultancy Publicis Sapient, discusses with fDi's Alex Irwin-Hunt how digitalisation is changing the need for physical presence in markets, how companies build trust with their customers and how investment promotion agencies support…
 
Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, tells fDi's Sebastian Shehadi how investors can use metrics around the social and environmental health of societies to make smart, ethical decisions and support projects relating to the Sustainable Development Goals. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has made sanctions a distinctive element of his foreign policy. In fact, sanctions appears to have become his foreign-policy weapon of choice. He used (and enforced) them against numerous countries, from China all the way to Venezuela, Iran, North Korea and others. Investors suddenly had to adjust a…
 
Plagued by decades of violence and conflict, the country is no ordinary place for doing business. Yet a slowly improving security and political environment is creating space for few pioneer investors to come in and develop a base of local businesses to serve an almost untouched market of 35mn people. British banker Anthony Barned took the gamble to…
 
“The Pearl of the Orient” has built a reputation for stability and modernity over the decades, with its iconic financial centre at the heart of it. Now it all hangs in the balance as the mounting protests of the last weeks are lifting the veil on the challenges posed by the “One country, two systems” model as China becomes more assertive in the way…
 
Cities are in an evermore global competition to attract foreign investment. How can they improve their strategy to stand out? Podcast host Sebastian Shehadi discusses solutions with Alexis Krachai, a founding director of the Sheffield Property Association - a private sector body that helps promote Sheffield internationally - and Peter Griffiths, ci…
 
Charles Hecker, senior partner at Control Risk - one of the world's leading political risk consultancies - discusses with podcast host Sebastian Shehadi the geopolitical context behind some of the latest national foreign investment trends highlighted in the fDi Report 2019 - the annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the FT’s fDi Mark…
 
Henry Tillman, founder and editor of ChinaInvestmentResearch.com, a research firm that tracks Chinese outbound investment, discusses with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni the changing nature of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and weighs in on the ongoing trade battle between the US and China, which is also affecting the outlook for BRI projects: "The…
 
Ed Ratcliffe, head of research and advisory at London-based think tank Asia House, discusses the FDI outlook in Indonesia with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni as president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo enters another 5-year term at the helm of the South-East Asian country after winning general elections in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in…
 
The next generation of tourists don't want to feel like tourists when touring. In slightly less cryptic words: travellers are looking more and more for cultural immersion, for more 'authentic, meaningful and social' experiences over material goods. fDi's Sebastian Shehadi and Alex Irwin-Hunt invite Tiffany Misrahi, policy director at the World Trav…
 
Another edition of the annual MIPIM international real estate forum has taken place and the fDi editorial team was there in force. Jacopo Dettoni, Courtney Fingar and Sebastian Shehadi discuss how the large UK delegation carried on investment promotion efforts while a daily stream of Brexit news broke back home, how Industry 4.0 is making manufactu…
 
Dozens of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from all over the globe gathered at the Waipa investment conference in Xiamen, on the Chinese eastern coast, at the beginning of September. Adrienne Klasa, fDi Magazine’s and the Banker's development finance editor, shares her main takeaways from the event, discussing how the trade feud between Washing…
 
The treaty, signed on July 6, drops tariffs and soft barriers across an area of 600mn people worth a third of the global economy. It also reiterates the role of both parties as champions of global trade right at a time when protectionism is mounting around the globe. Podcast host Jacopo Dettoni speaks to Elitsa Garnizova, a researcher at the London…
 
The prime minister of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-ocha, has just wrapped up his first official visits to the UK and France since seizing power in a 2014 coup. He met with prime minister Theresa May in London and president Emmanuel Macron in Paris to give reassurances that a long-delayed transition back to democracy will take place - with election…
 
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held their annual meeting in May. Adrienne Klasa, fDi Magazine’s development finance editor, and Jacopo Dettoni, fDi Magazine’s deputy editor, share their main takeaways from both events. The podcast features interviews with: · Jonathan Charles, managin…
 
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