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Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are growing rapidly and are changing the industrial landscape in OECD countries. This paper discusses mergers in general and then looks at whether the benefits typically associated with FDI apply equally well to both greenfield investment and takeovers. Empirical studies which look at the effect of takeovers on employment, wages, productivity and innovation in the acquired firm are
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Under many international agreements, states have negotiated language which provides that even when states have entered into treaty commitments, such commitments do not prevent them from taking measures in order to protect their essential security interests. This article analyses the frequency and scope of these provisions in international investment agreements and instruments to which OECD members are party; the way customary
In July 2007, Egypt became the 40th country to adhere to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises. The adherents to the Declaration commit to providing national treatment to foreign investors and promoting responsible international business conduct. During this process, Egypt undertook a thorough review by OECD members of its international investment policies using the Policy Framework for
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This document reproduces the Report by the Chair of the Annual Meeting of the National Contact Points which was held on 19-20 June 2007. IT provides an account of the actions the adhering governments have taken of the 12 months to June 2007 to enhance the contribution of the Guidelines to the improved functioning of the global economy.
Jointly organised by the OECD and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), this seminar on took place on 9 September 2007, in Xiamen, China, on the occasion of the 11th China International Fair for Investment and Trade.
This report analyses the interactions between the investment and services chapters of 20 regional trade agreements. It classifies agreements into two broad categories of NAFTA-inspired and GATS-inspired agreements and identifies four major types of interaction between the investment and trade in services chapters. The report then looks at the implications of the services/investment interface for levels of investment protection and
Organised in Paris on 18 June 2007, the annual OECD Roundtable on Corporate Responsibility focused on corporate responsibility practices and instruments in the financial sector.
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Investment Newsletter, No. 4 highlights recent and ongoing work at the OECD addressing the new challenges of a global international investment environment. It includes articles reporting the latest FDI trends, a summary on progress made in our ‘freedom of investment’ project, an overview of newly developed OECD Principles for Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure and the key findings from recent analytical work exploring the
Freedom of Investment, Investment Environment, and Social Responsibility was one of the key themes at the annual summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations (G8) which took place in Heiligendamm, Germany, from 6-8 June 2007. The G8 Summit Declaration called for continuation of the OECD Investment Committee's project on Freedom of Investment, National Security and "Strategic" Industries, additional non-member adherences
Organised in Helsinki on 21-22 May 2007, this seminar focused on recent developments in Russia’s business climate and investment policy, international investment in the energy sector and policies to promote responsible business conduct and the role of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.