Topic: Foreign Direct Investment

EU proposes rules for foreign subsidies

The European Commission has announced plans to tackle foreign subsidies that may harm competition within the EU single market by introducing a new notification system for deals that are partly financed by non-EU governments.

05 May 2021

EU will soon legislate against anticompetitive foreign subsidies, Vestager says

The European Commission hopes to put out draft legislation aimed at tackling distortive foreign subsidies in the next three or four months, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

04 March 2021

UK FDI regime not based on economic concerns, government official says

A UK government official has said the country’s proposed foreign investment bill will give the state “significant powers” to intervene in deals that could affect national security, but critics have warned that the law could chill much-needed investment.

04 February 2021

New FDI regime is not about protectionism, UK official says

A UK government official has insisted that the country’s incoming foreign direct investment regime is not about protectionism but is focused “very strictly” on national security.

03 December 2020

FDI screening mechanism will lead to “bedlam”, EU lawyers say

Practitioners have warned that the European Commission’s new screening mechanism for foreign direct investment is likely to become “log jammed” as the authority balances it with merger control and potential foreign subsidy reviews.

02 December 2020

Tackling market distortions from foreign subsidies

In June, the European Commission released a white paper seeking views on three proposed new tools to give it greater control over the acquisitions and activities of foreign-subsidised companies within the bloc. White & Case partners Genevra Forwood, James Killick, Marc Israel and Axel Schulz examine the potential impact of these powerful tools and how they can address competitive distortion.

07 August 2020

EU foreign subsidy white paper leaves more questions than answers, lawyers say

Competition lawyers have said sweeping proposals to curb anticompetitive foreign subsidies from outside the European Union need more clarification on how the rules will be enforced.

18 June 2020

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