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CFIUS Reform Legislation Update

by Jones Day on

On May 11, 2018, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs ("Committee") released a "discussion draft" of the Committee's amendment to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017...more

ASIA A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: China

1. What role will the government of China play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? In the past, foreign investment in China was highly regulated. However, following China’s entry into WTO in 2001,...more

Changes to Foreign Ownership and Visa Rules Announced

by K&L Gates LLP on

At a meeting of the Cabinet of the Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), the UAE Government decided to allow foreign investors to own 100% of their businesses in the UAE and approved sweeping changes to...more

Congress to Expand Scope of Foreign Investments and Transactions Needing CFIUS Review

On May 22, the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee are each expected to consider and approve similar but not identical pieces of to modernize the jurisdiction and operation of the Committee on...more

UAE announces major changes to company ownership and visa rules

by DLA Piper on

On 20 May 2018 during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Government resolved to permit international foreign...more

This Week in Congress: May 2018 #3

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. House - Banking Bill. The House will finally take up the Senate’s bipartisan banking bill (S. 2155) with a vote as early as Tuesday....more

New Proposed Trade Legislation Contains Additional Trade and Investment Restrictions Involving China

There are several legislative proposals pending in Congress targeting trade and investment involving China. If enacted, the proposals would prevent Chinese entities from acquiring certain U.S. technologies, prohibit U.S....more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Uruguay

1. What role does the government of Uruguay play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Uruguay has historically been open to foreign investment in all sectors of its economy, going as far as to declare,...more

44 African Countries Sign Agreement to Establish African Continental Free Trade Area

by Jones Day on

The Situation: African leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018 to sign the draft Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area ("CFTA") and other related protocols. Forty-four of the 55 Member...more

Pulse: Transatlantic M&A set to continue growth amid Brexit and Trump administration uncertainty

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent times, the M&A landscape has been dominated by the “Special Relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. As two of the most consistently stable members of the global economy, they have made the...more

Greater National Security Scrutiny At The Heart Of New UK Merger Control Reforms

This week the UK Government enacted two new orders which change the UK merger control thresholds under the Enterprise Act 2002. The legislation extends the jurisdiction of the Competition & Markets Authority (“CMA”) and the...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Turks and Caicos Islands

1 .What role does the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Foreign investment is promoted in the Turks and Caicos Islands (the TCI). International firms and...more

The Coming Storm? CFIUS Reform and Considerations for Private Equity

by Dechert LLP on

As the United States Congress debates new legislation to strengthen reviews of cross-border transactions for potential national security concerns, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the...more

EU Top Court Rules EU Investment Arbitration Tribunals Are Incompatible with EU Law: Implications for Investors

In Slovak Republic v. Achmea B.V. (Achmea), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the existence of an independent arbitral tribunal established under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between EU Member States is...more

Foreign Direct Investment in Italy - a Renaissance set to continue

by Hogan Lovells on

It’s become fashionable, even commonplace, to write the Italian economy off . High government debts. Low growth. Political instability. Corruption. Obviously Italy does have challenges it needs to address but it would be a...more

China Continues Steady Opening Up of Financial Services Sector

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent announcement by Chinese authorities includes removing caps on foreign ownership in the financial services sector, and sets a clear roadmap to implement the reforms aimed at expanding foreign investment in China....more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Peru

1 .What role does the government of Peru play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Peruvian state promotes and guarantees foreign investments in any kind of activity and entity. Foreign investors have...more

Indonesia affirms cap on foreign ownership in insurers at 80%

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Indonesia has enacted Regulation no.14/2018 on Foreign Ownership of Insurance Companies, which came into force on 18 April 2018 and confirms a maximum threshold for foreign ownership of an Indonesian insurance company of...more

Israeli Cyber Security Deals Double from Q4/2017 in $1.52 Billion First Quarter for High-Tech Companies

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Key facts: - $1.52 billion was raised in 181 deals—an increase in the number of deals and the total sum - A rounds captured a third of the total amount raised - Capital raising by companies in R&D stage leapt 60%,...more

Creeping expropriation of investment by foreign state

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In the first known English court ruling to set aside an investment treaty arbitration award, the court ruled that an investor seeking redress for allegedly wrongful acts by a foreign State, which it claims constitute a...more

Tax Reform – I.R.S. Updates Withholding Tax Guidance on Sales of Partnership Interests

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On April 2, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2018-29 (the “Notice”), announcing the intention of the IRS and the Department of the Treasury to issue regulations regarding the withholding requirements...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Dun & Bradstreet Agrees to Pay More than $9.2 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action (But First to Receive Declination Under New DOJ Policy) – On April 23, the Dun & Bradstreet...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Dun & Bradstreet Agrees to Pay More than $9.2 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action (But First to Receive Declination Under New DOJ Policy) – On April 23, the Dun & Bradstreet...more

Nigeria Open For Business

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2018, Hogan Lovells International LLP hosted the High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Adesola Oguntade CFR, CON at its London office. Ambassador Oguntade, a retired Justice of the Supreme...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Paraguay

1 .What role does the government of Paraguay play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government of Paraguay welcomes foreign investment in various sectors of the economy and has created a number of...more

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