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On July 8, 2024, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Investment Security announced a proposed rule that would expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) over transactions by foreign persons involving real estate in the United States. While CFIUS has jurisdiction over all acquisitions by foreign persons of US businesses, CFIUS also has authority to review acquisition of real estate unconnected with a US business where that real estate is…

On 20 May 2024, the UK Government issued updated guidance on the use of powers under the National Security and Investment Act (“NSI Act”). As noted in our blog post dated 26 April 2024, this updated guidance forms part of the UK Government’s response to the call for evidence that it launched in December 2023 asking for stakeholder feedback on a number of areas of potential change to the NSI Act. The updates to the…

Introduction In April and May 2024, the scope of the ex-officio procedure was significantly expanded in updated guidelines published by the Belgian FDI authority, whereas the broad interpretation of ex-officio power by the Dutch FDI regulator was limited by a district court ruling. In the UK, the scope of ex-officio powers remains unchanged, but recently updated guidelines clarify in greater detail the cases where it may be applied. This highlights the divergence of approach of…

FDI enforcement in Europe continues to increase, with authorities focusing on acquisitions relating to strategic assets and infrastructure. Companies and advisors should take this increased scrutiny into account when drafting corporate documents, and ensure that they have a clear strategy in place to obtain FDI clearances in a timely manner. The two major FDI investigations in Europe in September both concerned share acquisitions of strategic assets. First, in the face of concerns raised by national…

On 13 July 2023, in Case C-106/22, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its decision in relation to a preliminary reference submitted by the Budapest High Court. In the context of companies that often have a cross-border ownership structure extending outside of the EU, the ECJ concluded that the fact that a parent company registered in a third country has a majority control over an EU-based investor does not mean that the EU FDI…

On 4 July 2023, the Spanish Government approved Royal Decree 571/2023 on Foreign Investments (“Royal Decree”), with immediate effect from 1 September 2023, which introduces amendments to and provides further details on the screening mechanism for certain foreign direct investments (“FDI”) in Spain. The main changes to the screening mechanism are summarised below: Review process The Royal Decree includes the following amendments: Introduction of a new consultation regime: The investor may submit a voluntary consultation…

Samantha Mobley and Farin Harrison • In recent years, the investment policy landscape has become more complex as nations respond to national security threats, state development strategies and geopolitical risks. Covid-19 created a major economic shock worldwide, prompting some countries to take an even more stringent approach, with a focus on protecting the security of supply of inputs.• Many jurisdictions continue to tighten their screening rules or are introducing robust new measures to protect strategically…

The Indonesian government has enacted Presidential Regulation No. 10 of 2021 on Investment Business Lines (“Priority List”) as one of the implementing regulations of the job creation law (“Omnibus Law”). The new investment list replaces the current negative list (under Presidential Regulation No. 76 of 2007 and Presidential Regulation No. 44 of 2016). This priority list states that all business sectors are open for capital investment activities, with some restrictions and conditions for certain aspects.…