Trans-atlantic deals

Time to Trade

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U.S. companies are lining up to invest in European firms, as TNT discovered.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The European Union and United States are currently hammering out a transatlantic trade agreement but many Germans remains skeptical about the deal.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • U.S. firms have made several big purchases in Europe in the past weeks, including FedEx buying TNT.
    • The weak euro means U.S. firms today pay 25 percent less for purchases than half a year ago.
    • Many large U.S. companies are currently making record profits.
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The Americans are coming. With his gigantic Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate behind him, legendary investor Warren Buffett is looking for further acquisitions in Europe after purchasing the German motorcycle accessories specialist Louis.

And the logistics company FedEx announced on Tuesday its intention to swallow up its Dutch rival TNT. In the pharmaceutical industry, drug maker Actavis has bought the British company Allergan.

These are just a few examples of the fact that U.S. interest in German and European companies has increased significantly. Motivations for the purchases are highly diverse. But they have one thing in common: They are a positive sign, and we should welcome the buyers from beyond the Atlantic.

These sorts of investments fundamentally support our growth and hence our prosperity as well.

Europe – and Germany in particular – should not wait for the Americans to come, but should actively seek their presence. This is because the prerequisites for U.S. companies to make acquisitions here are more favorable than ever.

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