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30 Nov 2021

Foreign direct investment in focus - webinar series

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Tuesdays, 23 November to 7 December 2021

10:00am EU  |  1:00pm UAE  |  9:00am UK  |  5:00pm Singapore

Recently with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen across the globe an increase in the number of foreign direct investment (FDI) control regimes adopted as well as a strengthening of existing FDI regimes, given fears of disruption to supply chains and concerns over likely takeovers by large multinational corporations and state-owned enterprises of weakened companies. This has all led to additional administrative scrutiny of M&A deals.

Stephenson Harwood's FDI experts are joined by a number of partner firms (including Maddocks (Australia), Dorda (Austria), Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek (Germany), Guido Hidayanto & Partners (Indonesia), AKD (Netherlands), Hesketh Henry (New Zealand), ACCRALAW (Philippines), Perez Llorca (Spain), Setterwells (Sweden), and VNA Legal (Vietnam)) to host a series of webinars in November and December 2021 that explore the latest FDI trends and developments from a European, UK and an Asia Pacific perspective.

In Q1 2022, we intend to hold two further webinars looking at FDI developments in the Middle East (covering UAE, Saudi Arabia and other key jurisdictions in the region) and a high-profile deal specific FDI case study involving the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Upcoming session

An Asia Pacific perspective 

Tuesday 7 December 2021 

Asia continues to record significant growth in foreign investment in 2021, accounting for more than half of global inward and outward flows. There have however been a number of changes to FDI regulations across various Asia Pacific jurisdictions in the recent years which investors should be aware of when considering FDI in the region. Join us for a session discussing FDI developments ranging from fiscal incentives to notifiable national security actions and market trends in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Our panel of guest speakers will cover practical points for clients on how to navigate FDI regimes across Asia Pacific focusing on crucial considerations for investors before embarking on FDI in the region.

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Past sessions

A European perspective - Part II

Tuesday 30 November 2021 

Following on from Part I, we take a closer look at important themes and trends arising from the scope and applicability of the FDI regimes in a number of key jurisdictions in Europe, including France, Germany and Spain as well as the UK's new National Security & Investment Act. We will explore the broad jurisdictional reach of FDI screening regimes, the national security risk criteria, the review processes and enforcement trends in certain of these jurisdictions, providing practical advice and recommendations for M&A deals and how best to successfully navigate through FDI regimes. 

A European perspective - Part I

Tuesday 23 November 2021 

In Europe, there has been significant growth in FDI regimes and reviews of transactions motivated by a number of geopolitical factors (e.g. protectionism, trade wars) with COVID-19 acting as an additional catalyst. In this webinar, we provide an overview of the EU's Framework Regulation (and its recently published guidelines) together with an overview of other tools available to the European Commission to protect European and national strategic assets (e.g. foreign public subsidies, Article 22 referral mechanism under the EU Merger Regulation). We also look at what businesses can expect as a result of having to navigate both the EU's Framework and national review systems from a practical and logistical standpoint with views from Austria, France, Netherlands and Sweden.

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Guillaume Briant

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Will Spens
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