Foreign investments in US companies reached a record level in 2015, as many of the transactions are related with corporate relocations, in part of which US firms transfer their registered office in countries like Ireland to benefit from lower tax rates. Foreign direct investment in USA increased by 68% yoy to 420.7 billion USD in 2015, which surpassed the last record 15 years ago. Around 97% of the investments were related to mergers and acquisitions of US companies. Only a small part of the investments are to launch a new business or expansion of existing foreign operations in USA.
Almost 42% of investments in 2015 were made from foreign companies based in Ireland, a country with much lower rate of corporation tax. Another big part of the money come from Canada and Germany.
About two-thirds of foreign investment aimed at businesses with pharmaceutical drugs and medicine in general, like California attracts more than a quarter of foreign funds in 2015.
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