By 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 ...
Thilo 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]
Thilo 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.
by 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 ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | December 11, 2015 With the heads of Europe preparing to meet next week, leaked documents reported by the Financial Times suggest that their response to the emergency posed by immigration from the Middle East and Africa will be inadequate. By ensuring that nothing effective will be done to ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | November 13, 2015 Portugal is heading into politically unchartered territory with the fall of its center-right government on November 10 in the face of protests and defections by anti-austerity lawmakers. A new Socialist government led by Antonio Costa is expected to take power with two other leftist parties, ...
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