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M&A deals drive 47% increase in FDI inflows in 2011


Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Poland reached $14.2bn (approx. €10.9bn) in 2011, according to preliminary estimates by the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This represents an increase of 46.7% compared with 2010, when FDI inflows were worth $9.7bn (€7.5bn). By way of comparison, global FDI flows rose 17% last year to reach $1,500bn (€1,200bn).

The sharp increase in FDI inflows into Poland was driven in large part by big M&A deals, most notably the acquisition of BZ WBK bank by Spain’s Santander, which at $5.6bn (€4.3bn) was the fourth-biggest M&A transaction in the world in the first quarter of 2011, or the takeover of mobile operator Polkomtel by Metelem Holding of Cyprus for $6.6bn (€5.1bn), the third-biggest M&A deal in the world in Q4. (The Cypriot company is an investment vehicle of Polish billionaire investor Zygmunt Solorz. Excluding this transaction, FDI inflows declined in 2011).

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