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Sovereign Wealth Funds—Market Investors or ‘Imperialist Capitalists’? The European Response to Direct Investments by Non-EU State-Controlled Entities

Heike Schweitzer

in Company Law and Economic Protectionism

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199591459
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591459.003.0012
Sovereign Wealth Funds—Market Investors or ‘Imperialist Capitalists’? The European Response to Direct Investments by Non-EU State-Controlled Entities

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This chapter explores European attitudes towards Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs). Following a brief survey of the specific characteristics and relevance of SWFs and the response that the increased economic importance of state-controlled foreign direct investment has received in the US, it outlines the general approach of EU law to the direct involvement of EU Member States in European markets. It then asks how the presence of non-EU states in European markets can and should be addressed under EU law.

Keywords: Sovereign Wealth Funds; EU law; European markets; EU member states; foreign direct investment

Chapter.  20137 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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