The US is the leading destination market for greenfield business and professional services FDI, while the UK is the top source market. GlobalData’s business and professional services foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in business and professional services foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2022, the business and professional services sector was the second largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The business and professional services sector accounts for 11.2% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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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.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 48.9% of total business and professional services FDI projects.

The leading destination country for business and professional services FDI is the US. Germany, UK and the UAE are also popular business and professional services investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI projects database, UK-based companies were the leading source of greenfield business and professional services investments into the US.

With respect to outbound FDI, the UK was the leading business and professional services source market. UK-based companies held a 20.9% share of total outbound business and professional services FDI projects. The US, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland are also top source markets for business and professional services FDI.

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