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English, Financial News, 2 seasons, 60 episodes, 1 day 5 hours 43 minutes
Exclusive analysis from fDi Magazine 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.
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fDi at Waipa 2022: Future of FDI

Much like the rest of the world, investment promotion agencies (IPAs) are grappling with a new world order underpinned by geopolitical instability and rising inflation.fDi Intelligence’s global investment reporter Seth O’Farrell travelled to the World Investment Conference organised by Waipa (the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies), held in Geneva between 12 and 14 September, to find out what IPA directors had to say in all of this.This podcast episode explores the extent to which IPAs are at a juncture as their role changes into a more proactive one, how concerns over energy security are shaping the sustainability agenda and what the so-called “future” of FDI looks like in a more turbulent, competitive context. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/10/202229 minutes 21 seconds
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fDi at EBRD AM 2022: What concerns you most in this turbulent world?

The beginning of 2022 has been among the most turbulent in recent memory. Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, millions of people have fled the country. Alongside billions of dollars worth of damage in Ukraine, the war has caused global prices for everything from fuel to food to soar. Multilateral institutions have subsequently downgraded their economic forecasts for many countries around the world.In this joint&nbsp;podcast&nbsp;from fDi Intelligence and the Banker, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Burhan Khadbai discuss what is concerning policymakers, bankers and investors most during this period of uncertainty. Based on conversations with attendees at the EBRD's 2022 annual meeting and business forum held from 10-12 May in Marrakech, Morocco, this&nbsp;podcast&nbsp;explores themes including the EBRD's engagement in Morocco, the wide-ranging impacts of war in Ukraine and why the green transition must be inclusive.<p style='color:grey; fo
25/05/202229 minutes 39 seconds
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The Bilbao Effect #6: Liverpool, UK

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 about the impact of the award on the city, how it grew in confidence and the experience of Liverpool losing its Unesco World Heritage Status last year as a result of developments on the docks. Now, weakened by the pandemic due to its exposure to the visitor economy, Claire reflects on where the city is headed next and how it can retain its distinctiveness. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
04/02/202227 minutes 34 seconds
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The Bilbao Effect #5: London, UK

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”.&nbsp;In conversation with Seth O’Farrell, Frances Morris stresses that throughout the museum’s history, it has engaged the local community so as not to “parachute” into an area it had little to do with. But challenges have emerged with the encroachment of privatisation and neighbouring commercial developments. Now, with the increasing need for private funding, the pandemic and the climate crisis, Ms Morris is confident that the museum can step up to the plate as the demands on the "museum of the 21st century" change once more. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel
21/01/202234 minutes 26 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #14: Interos CEO on global supply chain risk

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 start-up podcast to discuss global supply chains and Interos’ recent crowning as a unicorn, or private company valued above $1bn.&nbsp;Listeners can expect a candid discussion on how businesses can manage supply chain disruption, what is needed to empower female entrepreneurs in the US and the reality of being a founder in Arlington. This episode was recorded on November 11 2021. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/01/202232 minutes 42 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #13: Chennai’s recipe for global SaaS success

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.&nbsp;Since being founded in the Indian city of Chennai in 2010, Freshworks has moved its headquarters to San Mateo, California and in September 2021 listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange at a valuation of $10.1bn.Girish Mathrubootham, the founder and CEO of Freshworks, joined fDi’s Rising Ecosystems podcast to discuss his experiences as an entrepreneur in Chennai, the changes from taking his software company public and why he believes more global software companies will emerge from India.This episode was recorded on October 29. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey
17/12/202129 minutes 6 seconds
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The Bilbao Effect #4: Reykjavik, Iceland

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 10th anniversary this year, Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir tells&nbsp;fDi&nbsp;how the concert hall has gone from being perceived as a symbol of greed to a source of pride and why the added dimension of being a conference centre has proved so successful. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
03/12/202132 minutes 10 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #12: Kavak drives Mexico City’s tech ecosystem forward

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&nbsp;fDi’s Rising Ecosystems podcast to discuss Kavak’s backstory, his outlook for the used car market and what is unique about building a start-up in Latin America.Listener’s can expect a frank conversation about the influence of e-commerce platform Linio’s on Mexico’s ecosystem, the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs in emerging markets and why Mr Garcia Ottati believes the best talent should join start-ups. Hosted on Acast. See for more in
09/11/202139 minutes 56 seconds
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The Bilbao Effect #2: Arles, France

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 architect Frank Gehry.Maja Hoffmann, founder and president of the Luma Foundation, tells fDi how Luma Arles looks to create more of a “Luma effect” rather than the “Bilbao effect” as it implants itself locally before addressing its global audience. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/10/202132 minutes 34 seconds
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The Bilbao Effect #1: Bilbao, Spain Guggenheim Bilbao’s director general discusses the city’s world renowned transformation

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.&nbsp;Juan Ignacio Vidarte, director general of the Guggenheim Bilbao, talks to fDi’s Seth O’Farrell to delve beneath the myths of the Basque city’s transformation and assess whether its world renowned effects can be replicated.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/09/202129 minutes 31 seconds
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Coming soon: The Bilbao Effect

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. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/09/20211 minute 23 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #10: Why GetYourGuide moved to Berlin

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 chief operating officer, joined&nbsp;fDi’s regular start-up podcast to discuss tourism trends during the pandemic and what has made Germany’s capital such a successful tech hub. Listeners can expect to learn more about GetYourGuide’s journey, the funding landscape in Berlin and what needs to change to ensure the city stays competitive in the global war for talent.The Tourism Investment Report 2021 referenced in this episode can be found&nbsp;here. This episode was recorded on July 21.<p st
10/09/202130 minutes 59 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #9: Crypto platform Bitpanda’s rise puts Austria on the map

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 funding round in March, bringing global attention to Vienna’s growing start-up scene.Lukas Enzersdorfer-Konrad, Bitpanda’s chief product officer, joined&nbsp;fDi’s regular start-up podcast series to discuss the crypto craze and the reality of scaling a business in Vienna. Listeners can expect discussion of topics ranging from Vienna’s appeal as a city, the challenges of attracting talent and nascent knowledge exchange in the ecosystem.On August 17, Bitpanda raised $263m in its Series C funding round at a valuation of $4.1bn. This episode was recorded on June 29 before this latest funding round.<br
27/08/202130 minutes 12 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #8: The UK start-up scene, pros and cons

Co-hosts Yessi and Alex wrap up season one of the podcastTo 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&nbsp;ecosystems&nbsp;featured so far.Yessi and Alex discuss topics such as the humility of entrepreneurs and affordability of cities outside London, the later stage funding gap, mental health and more. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
14/05/202119 minutes 50 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #7: Cardiff

fDi speaks to Stephanie Locke and Neil Cocker about the start-up community in Cardiff.In this seventh episode,&nbsp;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.&nbsp;&nbsp;Joining the show to provide their candid take on Cardiff's start-up ecosystem are Neil Cocker, the co-founder of local tech community Cardiff Start and CEO of&nbsp;Ramp, a business that's changing how people buy t-shirts for events and teams; and Stephanie Locke, the CEO of&nbsp;Nightingale HQ, which provides businesses with expert support and tools to manage the successful adoption of AI.Listeners can expect a frank discussion of topics ranging from the cost advantages&nbsp;of starting a business in Cardiff, an overview of the
30/04/202150 minutes 53 seconds
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China's road out of trouble

Min Ye, associate professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Min Ye talks to&nbsp;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 permutations in Chinese and global imaginaries alike. Far from aligning with the view that it is the expression of a one-party state looking to dominate the region, Ms Ye examines the BRI from a domestic perspective in her recently published&nbsp;The Belt Road and Beyond: State mobilised globalisation in China, 1998–2018. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
20/04/202137 minutes 12 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part II)

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&nbsp;Belfast.Featuring the same two guests as part one –&nbsp;Belfast&nbsp;City Council' digital innovation commissioner Jayne Brady, and Henry Joseph-Grant, a serial entrepreneur and start-up mentor – this digs deeper into some of the challenges and opportunities in Northern Ireland's start-up community.Listeners can expect a candid conversation about the misconceptions and perils&nbsp;of raising venture capital funding, why marketing the success of&nbsp;Belfast's ecosystem is the next key step and the potential downsides of competition for talent between start-ups and foreign companies. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.</p
02/04/202136 minutes 11 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part I)

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-ups.Jayne Brady, who is the digital innovation commissioner at Belfast City Council, discusses how policy and major development projects are aiming to push the ecosystem to the next level. Henry Joseph-Grant, who is a serial entrepreneur and start-up mentor, gives a candid perspective on Belfast’s pros and cons, and why he believes it’s now a good place to start and grow a business.Listeners can expect an open discussion of Belfast's critical mass in the cyber security and services sectors, the issue of ‘brain drain’, how start-ups are being used to heal the wounds of the Troubles, and much, much more.<
26/03/202129 minutes 55 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #5: Birmingham

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&nbsp;Birmingham.Joining the show to provide their take on the start-up scene is Hilary Smyth-Allen, the executive lead at&nbsp;Supertech WM, a cross-sector partnership that promotes&nbsp;Birmingham&nbsp;and the West Midland region’s growing professional tech cluster. The second guest is Melissa Snover, the US-born founder and CEO of Rem3dy Heath Group, a&nbsp;Birmingham-based 3D printing start-up that produces personalised health solutions under the brands&nbsp;Nourished&nbsp;and Scripted.With additional comments from Jof Walters, the co-founder of&nbsp;Million Labs
12/03/202146 minutes 56 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #4: Glasgow

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 Kozlova, the director of innovation and industry engagement at the&nbsp;University of Strathclyde, and Rebecca Pick, the founder and CEO of Glasgow-based security start-up&nbsp;Pick Protection.Listeners can expect a detailed outline of the friendly rivalry between entrepreneurs in Glasgow and its neighbouring city Edinburgh, the strengths of the ecosystem in areas such as advanced manufacturing and health t
26/02/202141 minutes 45 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #3: Leeds

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&nbsp;Leeds Digital Festival, and Helen Oldham, the founding board director of&nbsp;NorthInvest. With supplementary comments from Eve Roodhouse at Leeds City Council, this episode provides an on-the-ground perspective of the Northern city's growing start-up scene and digital technology sector.Listeners can expect a deep-dive into Leeds' strengths in areas such as medtech and fintech, the city's focus on diversity and inclusion, and how collaboration between Leeds and its neighbouring North
12/02/202145 minutes 36 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #2: Cambridge

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 Leonie Mueck, the chief product officer at quantum computing start-up Riverlane. With some additional comments from Andrew Williamson, the managing director of venture capital fund Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC), this episode gives a unique on-the ground&nbsp;perspective of what is driving the Cambridge start-up ecosystem.Listeners can expect discussion ranging from the organic growth and historical context of Cambridge as an innovation hub to how the university has helped facilitate entrepreneurship, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and much much more. Host
29/01/202148 minutes 16 seconds
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Rising Ecosystems #1: Why Start-up Ecosystems Matter?

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.&nbsp;&nbsp;This episode covers topics from best practices in ecosystem development, the growth of UK tech and the spotlight brought by the pandemic on diversity and inclusion, mental health and sustainability. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/01/202141 minutes 57 seconds
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India's transformation into a 'Brand New Nation'

Ravinder Kaur, professor&nbsp;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&nbsp;fDi's Alex Irwin-Hunt how&nbsp;foreign investment has influenced India's international branding, domestic politics and development within the South Asian region. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
18/12/202032 minutes 26 seconds
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Fortress FDI #5 - UK

Marc Israel of White &amp;&nbsp;Case discusses the UK's new 'voluntary' powers on FDI interventionOn June 23rd, UK&nbsp;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, but also artificial intelligence, advanced materials and cryptographic authentication technology.Marc Israel, a partner with law firm White &amp; Case, connects from London to discuss for the fifth episode of Fortress FDI, our mini-series about rising investment scrutiny and protectionism. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/10/202032 minutes 35 seconds
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Fortress FDI #4 – Germany

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&nbsp;associated partner with law firm P+P Pöllath + Partners based, connects from Frankfurt for the fourth episode of Fortress FDI, our mini-series about rising investment scrutiny and protectionism. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
28/08/202039 minutes 8 seconds
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Fortress FDI #3 – Italy

Following the new guidance issued by the European Commission in March, Italy upgraded its 'golden power' legislation accordingly. Rome&nbsp;now seems even willing to go as far as asking foreign investors in strategic assets to keep jobs and research &amp; development activities within the country on the ground of public order and security.&nbsp;In the third episode of Fortress FDI, our mini-series on rising investment scrutiny and protectionism, Massimo Merola, a partner with Italian law firm Bonelli Erede, discusses the latest changes to Italy’s 'golden power' regime with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/08/202026 minutes 54 seconds
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La Zona Franca de Barcelona apuesta por la innovación

(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 el futuro de la zona franca como un hub para start-ups y la creación de nuevos empleos y tecnología. En este contexto, el Consorci también ha transformado su típica agenda anual de eventos presenciales en un evento híbrido que tendrá lugar en Barcelona al principio de octubre - el Barcelona New Economy Week.El delegado especial del estado en el&nbsp;Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, Pere Navarro Morera, nos cuenta del evento y de las nuevas perspectivas de la Zona Franca de Barcelona.Producido en asociación con el Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona.&nbsp;<p style='color:grey; f
03/08/202028 minutes 24 seconds
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Fortress FDI #2 – European Union

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 state to set up a full fledged screening mechanism to monitor foreign investment.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
30/07/202039 minutes 56 seconds
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Fortress FDI #1 – Australia

Chris Rosario of Squire Patton Boggs joins from Perth as the country reviews any FDI dealCovid-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.&nbsp;In this mini-series of podcasts about investment protectionism we will take you around the globe to see how different countries are carving out their own FDI screening mechanisms and what it means for global trade and investment. First stop, Australia, where basically any foreign investment transaction, regardless of its value, is now subject to the review of the Foreign Investment Review Board.&nbsp;Chris Rosario, a partner with law firm Squire Patton Boggs joins podcast host Jacopo Dettoni from Perth to discuss the recent changes introduced by the government led by prime minister Scott Morrison. Hosted on Ac
23/07/202030 minutes 1 second
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Covid-19 to expose governments to wave of claims

Robert Volterra, partner with law firm Volterra Fietta, tells podcast host Jacopo Dettoni that those governments that went too far with their lockdown measures may be exposed to arbitration claims by foreign investors. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/06/202029 minutes 49 seconds
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Three FDI sectors Covid-19 will change forever

Covid-19 has disrupted global&nbsp;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. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
07/05/202016 minutes 59 seconds
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Has Trump become the law of the land - in the UK?

The US administration has ramped up its secondary sanctions&nbsp;programmes against&nbsp;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 Investments, on a&nbsp;£30 million&nbsp;loan stipulated before Lamesa's was caught in the net of US sanctions, the British High Court held that Cynergy's&nbsp;behavior was legit under British law. Joy Macknight, managing editor of The Banker magazine, discusses with podcast host&nbsp;Jacopo&nbsp;Dettoni the implications&nbsp;of the Lamesa-Cynergy&nbsp;case on non-US banks and foreign investors. Also featured in the podcast (in order of appearance):Antonios Tzanakopoulo, associate professor of Public International Law,&nbsp;University of Oxford;David Harris, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright;Iain Ste
14/04/202042 minutes 16 seconds
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Navigating cannabis investment abroad

Jon-Paul Doran, CEO &amp; founder of UK&nbsp;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&nbsp;failure rates are extremely high. With cannabis stocks taking a plunge in the second half of 2019, it remains to be seen whether foreign investment in the industry will continue its exponential growth, as witnessed over the last few years. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
16/03/202022 minutes 59 seconds
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Trump sets “new gold standard” for investment protection

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&nbsp;associate lawyer with law firm Hogan Lovells in Mexico City, tells podcast host Jacopo Dettoni that against a background of mounting discontent towards typical investment protection provisions, the USMCA emerges as a possible new global paradigm for investment protection.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
23/01/202017 minutes 2 seconds
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FDI in the digital age

What does the digital economy mean for businesses' international expansion? Nigel Vaz, CEO of digital transformation consultancy Publicis Sapient, discusses with&nbsp;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 and attract FDI. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
17/12/201924 minutes 43 seconds
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How to invest in social progress

Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, tells&nbsp;fDi's Sebastian Shehadi how investors can use metrics around the social and environmental health of societies to make smart, ethical decisions and support&nbsp;projects relating to the Sustainable Development Goals.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
13/12/201922 minutes 33 seconds
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Hunting for string in the labyrinth. How can investors safely navigate current sanctions regimes?

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 and find ways to deal with the White House’s growing level of economic aggressiveness. Matt Oresman, leading lawyer in the&nbsp;international public policy practice at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman digs deeper into the perils of navigating sanctions regimes with&nbsp;&nbsp;podcast host Jacopo Dettoni.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/11/201920 minutes 57 seconds
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Doing FDI in Afghanistan

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 move to Kabul and run a bank, the Afghanistan International Bank (AIB), jointly funded by local and international capital. He discusses with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni the perks and perils of navigating the country’s numerous challenges to remain on the positive side of its high risk / high reward business proposition.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
06/11/201922 minutes 15 seconds
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Voices from Hong Kong: Is the financial centre doomed?

“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 it handles the ongoing transition ending in 2047. Early evidence suggests that financial and physical capital is being moved out of the country already. Podcast host Jacopo Dettoni spoke to three expats professionals working in the city’s financial and legal industry to get their views on how the current turmoil will impact Hong Kong’s future as a global investment hub:Carlos Casanova, economist for the Asia Pacific region at credit insurance firm Coface;Julien Chaisse, law professor at the City University of Hong Kong;Alberto Vettoretti, managing partner at investment advisory firm Dezan Shira.&nb
16/10/201934 minutes 33 seconds
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How can non-capital cities compete?

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, city strategist at ING Media, a leading PR and communications consultancy for the built environment. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
19/09/201920 minutes 9 seconds
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The geopolitical context behind eight foreign investment trends

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 -&nbsp;the annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the FT’s fDi Markets data service. Countries discussed include: Vietnam, Uzbekistan, the UK, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
29/07/201915 minutes 40 seconds
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"The next stage of the Belt and Road initiative comes down to special economic zones"

Henry Tillman, founder and editor of, 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 more they [the US] block Huawei, the more they maintain&nbsp;their competitive advantage for artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies".&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/07/201913 minutes 23 seconds
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“This is (perhaps) the moment for Indonesia to reach its potential”

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. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/06/201913 minutes
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The demand for 'experiences' and sustainability is disrupting tourism

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.&nbsp;fDi's Sebastian Shehadi and Alex Irwin-Hunt invite&nbsp;Tiffany Misrahi,&nbsp;policy director at the World Travel and Tourism Council,&nbsp;to discuss how&nbsp;the tourism industry is responding to this trend. The growing desire for an 'experience'&nbsp;accompanies the rising trend towards environmental sustainability within tourism. However, lofty ideals and the realities of consumer behaviour are at a mismatch. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
22/05/201932 minutes 21 seconds
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MIPIM: Economic developers put on a brave face amid uncertainty

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 manufacturing sexy again, and what business, economic and political risks still lie on the horizon.&nbsp;The podcast features interviews with:&nbsp;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Stefan Schostok, mayor of Hannover;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Pere Navarro, special state delegate at Barcelona’s free trade zone (Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Khaled Abbas, Egypt’s deputy minister of housing for national projects. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' ta
25/03/201925 minutes 6 seconds
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Trump’s trade war shaping new investment promotion strategies

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 Washington and Beijing is prompting adjustments in investment promotion strategies in China, Asia and beyond.Features Interviews with:&nbsp;Sun Xinhua, president of Invest ShanghaiHarley Seyedin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South ChinaJan Zapletal, director China and southeast Asia at CzechinvestJiang Xiheng, vice president of the Centre for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD)Dong-ik Lee, director general of investment operations at the Asian Infrastructure Investment BankPeter Fuhrman, CEO of China First Capital&nbsp;
24/09/201832 minutes 2 seconds
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EU-Japan trade deal to create world's largest open economic area

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 School of Economics, about the treaty's impact on mutual trade and investment moving forward, and its implications for Japanese investment in the UK as Brexit's March 2019 deadline approaches.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
26/07/201827 minutes 54 seconds
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Will democracy be part of Thailand 4.0?

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 elections now announced for February 2019 - and to promote the government's Thailand 4.0 vision to stimulate the economy. Dr Lee Jones, reader in international politics at Queen Mary University of London, shares his thoughts on the political and economic situation in the country with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
02/07/201834 minutes 57 seconds
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The spring of development finance

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&nbsp;podcast&nbsp;features interviews with:&nbsp;&nbsp;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jonathan Charles, managing director for communications at the EBRD;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Bambang Brodjonegoro, national development planning minister, Indonesia;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Basim Al Saleh, managing partner, Greentech;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Muhannad Shehadeh,&nbsp;minister of state for investment affairs, Jordan;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mamuka Bakhtadze, finance minister, Georgia. Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noope
22/05/201840 minutes 58 seconds
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Chronicles from MIPIM 2018

Chronicles from MIPIM 2018&nbsp;Podcast host Jacopo Dettoni discusses with editor-in-chief Courtney Fingar and global markets editor Sebastian Shehadi about this year's edition of the annual real estate event held in France in March, where again political uncertainty, but also automation and other mega trends stole the spotlight.&nbsp;This episode features interviews with:Mehmet Kalyoncu, board member, Kalyon;Sergey Cheremin, head of external economic and international relations, Moscow Government;&nbsp;Charles Hecker, senior partner, Control Risks;&nbsp;Andy Street, mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority.&nbsp; Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/04/201817 minutes 56 seconds
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US tax reform to unleash butterfly effect on global FDI

Hailed by Republicans as one of the most important pieces of legislation in recent history, the&nbsp;tax&nbsp;reform&nbsp;approved by the Congress of the United States in December is now expected to have a deep impact on&nbsp;global&nbsp;foreign investment.&nbsp;&nbsp;The&nbsp;Tax&nbsp;Cuts and Jobs Act&nbsp;sharply increases the&nbsp;tax&nbsp;competitiveness of the United States and sets the ground for billions of dollars in cash held abroad by&nbsp;US&nbsp;corporations to be repatriated, and perhaps even for the reshoring of some of their overseas operations.&nbsp;&nbsp;The&nbsp;reform&nbsp;is a game-changer, and both investors and policy makers all over the globe are adjusting.&nbsp;&nbsp;fDi&nbsp;Magazine’s editor-in-chief Courtney Fingar joins podcast host Jacopo Dettoni to discuss the&nbsp;reform.&nbsp;&nbsp;The podcast also features interviews with:&nbsp;·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;James Zhan, director of investmen
22/02/201820 minutes 47 seconds
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Crypto FDI: The blockchain and foreign investment

Cryptocurrencies have captivated public attention in the past months, shrugging off a reputation for being&nbsp;just a way to carry out illegal activities in the dark web. But it’s now the technology that powers cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, that is taking centre stage. The hype surrounding the blockchain has never been bigger, and even the financial and political establishment talked blockchain at the World Economic Forum in Davos.&nbsp;&nbsp;What can be the benefits of the blockchain for cross-boarder trade and investment?&nbsp;&nbsp;Podcast host Jacopo Dettoni talks blockchain with&nbsp;Catherine Mulligan, co-director at the Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering at the Imperial College London.&nbsp;&nbsp;The podcast also features interviews with Jason Kelley, head of IBM’s&nbsp;Global Blockchain&nbsp;Services;&nbsp;Antonas Guoga, alias “Tony-G”,&nbsp;poker legend, blockchain entrepreneur and member of the European parliam
30/01/201832 minutes 24 seconds
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Odebrecht scandal – Is it only the tip of the iceberg for Latin America?

The Odebrecht corruption scandal is not abating. In fact, it is growing day by the day throughout Latin America.&nbsp;Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has emerged as the ringmaster of a sophisticated corruption network spanning Brazil and another 11 countries in Latin America and Africa. Investigators are now at work in most of these countries to hold accountable Odebrecht’s accomplices. The early results of these investigations are sending shockwaves through the continent and questioning the very continuity of many administrations and reform programmes, with serving presidents linked to Odebrecht payments in major Latin American countries like, among others, Colombia, Panama and Peru. Let alone Brazil, where Operação Lava Jato (“Operation car-wash”) has already has decimated the political and business elite in the past three years.&nbsp;As new evidence emerges, a question resounds in the mind of local and international observers: Is this only the
18/12/201729 minutes 30 seconds
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Why investment promotion matters

Investment promotion agencies, also known as IPAs, still have relatively little influence in the decision making of foreign investors. The World Bank recently surveyed 754 executives of multinational corporations investing in developing countries, and only 43% of them gave the services of IPAs some importance, whereas most of them recognised elements such as “transparency and predictability in the conduct of public agencies”,&nbsp;or investment protection guarantees provided in the host country’s laws” as the most important investment climate factors. Yet some successful experiences of national or regional IPA around the globe show how big of an impact they can have in turning their territory into an appealing investment destination.&nbsp;Courtney Fingar, editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine, discusses the reasons why IPAs still struggle to catch the attention of foreign investors, and what they can do gain the attention of foreign investors, with podcast host Jacopo Detton
21/11/201731 minutes 46 seconds
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BITs, the (obscure) force at the heart of the global investment regime

Foreign investors have sought compensation for billions of dollars under the protection provisions granted by bilateral investment treaties (BITs) in recent years. If developing countries used to be the almost exclusive target of these investor-state disputes, their peers in the West have also become increasingly exposed to the vague nature of BIT protections, with legal firms even testing the waters to bring claims against the United Kingdom for Brexit and its consequences on foreign investors. Lauge Poulsen, senior lecturer in International Political Economy at the University College London (UCL) and co-author of the book “The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime”, discusses with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni about the nature of these treaties, their reach and secrecy. Hosted on Acast. See for more inform
28/09/201723 minutes 42 seconds
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The Brexit toll on FDI: The evidence so far

Foreign investment has dropped sharply since the June 2016's referendum as investors are holding off investments waiting for more clarity on the future of the country outside the EU. LSE’s lecturer Dr Swati Dhingra and fDi Magazine’s editor-in-chief Courtney Fingar share their insights with podcast host Jacopo Dettoni and comment on the proposal of developing free trade zones within British ports once the country leaves the European bloc for good. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
21/08/201722 minutes 42 seconds
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Is corporate America sold on Trump's economics?

Following the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington in mid-June, fDi's Courtney Fingar tells podcast host Jacopo Dettoni how US domestic firms as well as foreign investors are reacting to the Trump administration's business agenda. Hear what the chiefs of General Electric and General Motors, among others, had to say. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
24/07/201715 minutes 52 seconds