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Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is the business and professional services company most prolific at making international expansions, followed by Ernst & Young Global and United Nations. GlobalData’s business and professional services foreign direct investment (FDI) company report highlights the current foreign investments made by leading business and professional services investors. Buy the report here.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has been the most active business and professional services greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu investments were in the accounting subsector. In fact, 68.6% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further 10 subsectors.

By business function, most (80%) of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu projects were related to business and professional services.

The company has been active across eight world regions, mainly focused on Western Europe which received 52.4% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023. Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were France, India and Italy. Combined these three countries account for 58.1% of its total number of business and professional services investments.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu created more FDI projects in 2022 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023.

Other leading FDI project generators in the business and professional services industry include Ernst & Young Global, United Nations, SGS and KPMG International Coop.

The US is the leading source market for outbound business and professional services greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 21% of total outbound business and professional services investment projects. There have been 973 unique parent companies from the US that have announced business and professional services FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q3 2023.

To further understand the top business and professional services FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top business and professional services investors Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.

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GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database records greenfield FDI throughout the world in real-time. The data can be used to analyse company cross-border expansion activities as well as identify industry, thematic and geographic trends.