Lauren Smith explains the increasing global divergences and changing regimes in foreign investment restrictions

In today’s ever-changing global market, it is common for cross-border investments and acquisitions to trigger divergent foreign investment restriction screening requirements. However, in the past 18 months alone – encouraged by the pandemic – we have seen a dramatic increase in the approval of either new screening regimes or updates to pre-existing parameters. While some of these changes may decline in the coming months, particularly as restrictions in other areas such as travel are eased, many will remain a permanent feature of the new operating landscape.

At the same time, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continue to bounce back from the pandemic. Cross-border acquisitions and investments have surged &n...

Lauren Smith
Head of global practices
Lex Mundi

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