29 April 2021
OCO Global, a leading trade and investment advisory firm, has today announced the launch of its new Global Footprint Advisory Practice, providing consulting services to corporate clients on location strategy, evaluation and assessment, site selection, and investment implementation.
This is a specialised offering within OCO Global’s wider corporate expansion practice, enhancing our existing services that support companies on international market expansion, supply chain analysis and strategic cross-border partnerships.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a stalling of investment decisions in many industries and highlighted the inadequacies of global supply chains. In turn, corporate leaders are increasingly re-evaluating the ideal configuration and footprint of critical operations. Adding to an already diverse range of options for companies, this will further put a premium on well-informed decision-making.
Led initially from OCO Global’s Berlin office, the dedicated team is underpinned by a new strategic alliance with the site selection specialist Global Aldea, led by Managing Director Markus van Tilburg. This joint team is ready to help companies facing these new challenges, evaluate existing structures and find the right locations for future operations in new or existing markets.
“We are very excited to launch the Global Footprint Advisory Practice for Corporate Location and Expansion Services and establish a new partnership with Global Aldea. We continue to grow our corporate services portfolio and are delighted now to offer advisory services for resilient location strategies.” said Mark O’Connell, CEO, OCO Global.
“The timing to start this initiative is ideal, as the current crisis has laid bare the weaknesses in existing global production networks. Over the last year, we have seen increased demand from companies seeking an evaluation of their international footprint and future options, which has given us the confidence to invest in this practice area for the long-term. Our commitment to this strategic alliance and our experienced local team demonstrate the opportunities we see in this initiative.” said Mark.
By forming a strategic partnership with Global Aldea, a specialist advisory firm offering innovative solutions to international expansion, foreign direct investment and site selection, we combine OCO Global’s FDI, trade and market expansion expertise and international reach, with Global Aldea’s experience in site selection services, further enhancing the offer.
“Over the last two decades OCO Global has facilitated thousands of FDI investments in key global markets and major industry sectors. The insights accumulated from the location-decisions of leading corporations worldwide, put us in a unique position and allow us to create real value for our clients with best-in-class location advisory. I am very excited about this important strategic partnership with Global Aldea and looking forward to leading this initiative at OCO Global.” commented David Dera, OCO Global Corporate Expansion Services Lead.
“Our strategic partnership with OCO Global is a great fit for both companies. The current challenges exposed by the pandemic, within international production networks, reshoring initiatives and defining supply chains of the future will require expert review and streamlined solutions. I look forward to combining OCO Global’s 20 years+ track record in advising the world’s leading economies on international expansion with Global Aldea’s expertise and experience in site selection and footprint advisory.” commented Markus van Tilburg, Managing Director of Global Aldea.
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About OCO Global
OCO Global is a leading specialist provider of trade and investment services. Headquartered in Northern Ireland, OCO Global has offices in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Japan, UAE, China and the U.S.
OCO Global’s clients including leading national, state and regional economic development organizations such as the UK Department For International Trade (DIT), Tunisia Export (CEPEX), Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Enterprise Florida and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), as well as private companies EY, PWC, Siemens, Smiley Monroe and Santander.
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About Global Aldea
Global Aldea is a specialist advisory company based in Berlin, Germany, providing creative and flexible solutions to support companies pursuing international expansion. Global Aldea follows a result-oriented approach, and all services are designed to offer measurable impact for companies and government organisations across the world.
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