The government has urged businesses and investors to get ready for changes to the UK’s national security regime, set to commence on 4 January 2022.

The National Security and Investment Act is set to be the biggest shake up of the UK’s national security regime for 20 years. The Act modernises the government’s powers to investigate and intervene in mergers, acquisitions and other deals that may threaten national security.

The new regime aims to give investors more efficient clearance processes for relevant acquisitions, as well as more transparency about what types of deals the government could examine and the processes for doing so, providing certainty and clarity. 

The government will be able to s...

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