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World Investment Report 2000

Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions, and Development

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Recognized worldwide as an authoritative source of information and analysis on foreign direct investment (FDI), the World Investment Report 2000 pays particular attention to the phenomenon of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. While cross-border mergers and acquisitions have been prevalent in developed countries for some time, they have become increasingly important in developing countries and economies in transition. Above all, the Report analyzes the impact of cross-border mergers and acquisitions on host country development, and discusses implications for policy makers. The World Investment Report 2000 provides a comprehensive analysis of the current trends and developments in key areas of globalizing world economy. The Report is a must-read for those seeking deeper understanding of the links between international investment and economic development worldwide.

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FDI and development: Does mode of entry matter?

Cross-border M&As, particularly those involving large firms, vast sums of money and major restructurings, are among the most visible faces of globalization. Not only do they dominate FDI flows in developed economies, they have also begun to take hold as a mode of FDI entry into developing and transition economies (chapter IV). As with globalization generally, the impact of M&As on development can be double-edged and uneven. Indeed, perhaps to a greater extent than many other aspects of globalization, cross-border M&As and the expanding global market for firm ownership and control in which they occur — raise questions about the balance of their benefits and costs for host countries. These questions arise despite the generally welcoming attitude towards inward FDI.

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