Established African banks have enjoyed profitable banking markets for decades but face growing competition from fintech companies using the latest blockchain technology.
M&A activity is the key driver of the growth seen in Europe's Q2 financial services cross-border deals, followed by venture financing and private equity.
Cross-border mergers and acquisitions activity in banking and payments is increasing, but it still has some way to go to catch up with its domestic counterpart.
FDI entering the UK is still primarily focused on London and the South East. As the Covid pandemic hits project numbers, this regional inequality will only serve to further dent the country's 'levelling up' agenda.
Covid-19 dominates the figures in the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2021, with even the expected 10–15% growth in FDI flows for 2021 coming with caveats.
If the UK is to match its cohort of top global ecosystems in the creation of unicorns it must first fix the funding gap that exists when a start-up begins to scale up.
The US is way out in front when it comes to the use of SPACs, but there are signs that Europe is getting in on the act, which, writes Nick Whitehead of ZEDRA, could be good news for the continent's SMEs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a mixed bag for the cannabis industry, with demand soaring, regulation stagnating, and investment showing both positive and negative signs.
The UK government wants state-owned investors to fund major energy transition projects, but how much appetite will they have for these assets?
Harsher FDI screening regimes have been an emerging trend in recent years, and were accelerated by the Covid-19 outbreak, but will these rules last beyond the pandemic?
Covid-19 caused FDI to fall by 42% in 2020, with developed countries bearing the brunt. Recovery is expected to be slow and driven by the health and technology sectors.
The development of autonomous vehicles continues, but are a lack of public trust, issues regarding liability over accidents and financial woes linked to Covid-19 putting off would-be investors?