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With global foreign investment scrutiny on the rise, not least in the current COVID-19 environment, obtaining concise, accessible advice has never been more important. Enter Baker McKenzie’s bespoke Foreign Investment Review Evaluation (FIRE) tool. FIRE is a Baker McKenzie analysis platform that answers 51 detailed questions on foreign investment review regimes across 26 key jurisdictions. It is updated in real time and provides depth and legal certainty for companies. FIRE is an automated database. Users…

From 13 to 17 October 2020, the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) deliberated on the third review draft (草案三次审议稿) of China’s Export Control Law (“ECL”) before its final passage into law on 17 October 2020. The ECL will come into effect on 1 December 2020. This is the first comprehensive and consolidated export control law in China. Prior to the law’s enactment, export controls were imposed via…

Overview The COVID-19 crisis, and resulting increased global demand for medical equipment and supplies, has shone a light on the fragility of many critical supply chains. This has led to a broad strengthening of foreign investment review (“FIR”) rules, as countries seek to safeguard such critical supply chains against perceived hostile foreign takeovers, resulting in increased regulatory hurdles for companies in strategically important sectors. In-depth National FIR rules allow governments to review and potentially to…