ReportBy John Larsen, Kate Larsen, Whitney Herndon, and Shashank Mohan | January 28, 2016 The Paris Agreement, unanimously adopted by the nations of the world on December 12, 2015, marks a turning point in the global effort to combat climate change. Along with pledges from over 185 countries, the US committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26-28% ...
NoteBy John Larsen and Whitney Herndon | January 27, 2016 At the end of 2015, Congress passed a budget deal that included a surprise multi-year extension and phase-down of two key federal tax incentives for renewable energy – the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). In this note we provide the first ...
NoteThilo Hanemann and Cassie Gao | January 19, 2016 In the first two weeks of 2016, Chinese investors already announced a flurry of headline grabbing US deals, including Haier’s $5.4 billion acquisition of GE’s appliances unit and Dalian Wanda’s $3.5 billion investment in Hollywood producer Legendary Entertainment. This note reviews Chinese deal making in the United States in the past 12 months, illustrating the dramatic shift from state-owned investment in energy to private sector FDI in services, high-tech and consumer-oriented assets... [Read More]
ReportBy John Larsen, Sarah O. Ladislaw, Michelle Melton, and Whitney Herndon | January 7, 2016 Introduction The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the most significant greenhouse gas (GHG) policy ever undertaken in the United States, and is expected to achieve significant emission reductions by the time it is fully implemented in 2030. However, calculating the ...
NoteThilo Hanemann and Cassie Gao | January 4, 2016 Global cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) reached a six-year high in 2015, with around $1 trillion worth of completed deals. Chinese companies have evolved as an important driver of global deal making in the past decade. The attached note reviews Chinese outbound M&A activity in 2015, illustrating China’s transition from big buyer in extractive sectors to a more mature player across the full spectrum of industries.
Noteby Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | January 4, 2016 Immigration replaced Greece as the topic for special meetings of the EU Council in September and November (twice, including with Turkey). The issue was also confronted by regular EU Council meetings in October and December. European justice and home affairs ministers replaced finance ministers in ...
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