Blackstone is the business and professional services company most prolific at making international expansions, followed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 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.

Blackstone has been the most active business and professional services greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database. The parent company has been actively investing through several of its subsidiaries/company divisions.

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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 Blackstone investments were in the management consultancy subsector. In fact, 79.4% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further 15 subsectors.

By business function, most (79.9%) of Blackstone projects were related to business and professional services.

The company has been active across ten world regions, mainly focused on Asia which received 28.9% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024. Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were India, the Philippines and Singapore. Combined these three countries account for 15.9% of its total number of business and professional services investments.

Blackstone created more FDI projects in 2023 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Other leading FDI project generators in the business and professional services industry include Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, United Nations, PricewaterhouseCoopers International and Ernst & Young Global.

The US is the leading source market for outbound business and professional services greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 21.9% of total outbound business and professional services investment projects. There have been 1,041 unique parent companies from the US that have announced business and professional services FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

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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