London attracted more foreign investment in finance compared to Dubai, Singapore, New York and Paris last year, underlining the Square Mile's attraction to investors even after the UK's departure from the European Union.
The city attracted 600 million pounds ($764 million) of investment into 114 financial and professional services projects in 2021, said a report published by the City of London Corporationon Tuesday, reports Bloomberg.
Overall, the UK attracted 186 such projects valued at 1.1 billion pounds in 2021, placing it second behind the 234 attracted to the US The report, which didn't detail the value of the investments secured by other countries, is a reminder of finance's enduring role as one of the UK's most important exports.
"We must future-proof the sector and make sure we remain globally competitive," Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London, said in the report. The report said that the number of financial and professional services projects attracted to the UK grew 8% in 2021. But there's still a long way to go before pre-pandemic levels are reached after foreign investment in finance and insurance fell by 30% between 2019 and 2020 globally.
Fintech firms were the largest source of financial service investment into the UK, accounting for a third, the report said. They included payment companies Klarna and Airwallex, as well as finance solutions firm Portfy.