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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleImpact of International Investment Flows on Development: Outcome of the Expert Meeting on Mergers and Acquisitions,19-21 June 2000
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2001
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In line with the decision by the Trade and Development Board at its twenty-fourth executive session on 24 March 2000, the secretariat has prepared this note on the policy considerations raised by experts in the Expert Meeting on "Mergers and Acquisitions: Policies Aimed at Maximizing the Positive and Minimizing the Possible Negative Impact of International Investment", as stated in its outcome. The purpose of this note is to identify and comment on the policy questions posed by the experts for consideration by the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues at its Fifth session. The outcome of the Expert Meeting has been sent to Member States for comments. Two Member States have provided comments, which have been taken into account in this note. In addition to the views expressed by the two Member States, this note incorporates the views of the experts as reflected in the Chairperson's summary of discussion from the Expert Meeting and the analysis in the World Investment Report 2000. The policy considerations of the outcome of the Expert Meeting, identified by the experts as the most pertinent policy issues to consider in the area of cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), are reproduced in full (italicized), followed by comments and observations. The last section presents the proposals that have been put forward on future work on cross-border M&As

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