Investment Policy Measures

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Canada

Canada

01 Jan 2021

Canada lowers FDI review thresholds for 2021

The thresholds above which foreign investors in Canadian businesses have to to obtain federal government approval under the Investment Canada Act have been lowered for the year 2021. These thresholds are adjusted annually based on [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jan 2021

Tightening of the foreign investment review framework

On 9 December 2020, the Parliament passed legislation to reform the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act of 1975. The reforms, in force as of 1 January 2021, makes the $0 monetary threshold for mandatory screening of investments [...]

China

China

27 Dec 2020

New version of Catalogue of Industries for Encouraging Foreign Investment

On 27 December 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce issued the Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment (2020 Version) to be implemented from 27 January 2021, replacing [...]

Italy

Italy

25 Dec 2020

Extension of “Golden Powers” in relation to foreign aquisitions

On 25 December 2020, the Law of 18 December 2020, no. 176 entered into force. It converted into law an earlier governmental decree-law introducing measures aimed at the economic recovery during the pandemic. The new law also extends [...]

China

China

19 Dec 2020

Measures on National Security Review of Foreign Investment

On December 19, 2020, China's National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Commerce jointly issued the Measures on Security Review of Foreign Investment. The Measures will take effect on 18 January 2021. Broadly speaking, [...]

United States of America

United States of America

18 Dec 2020

"Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act" passed

On 18 December 2020, the President of the United States signed into law Senate Bill 945, the "Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act". The Act requires companies publicly listed on stock exchanges in the United States to declare [...]

China

China

16 Dec 2020

Releasing 2020 Negative List for market access

On 16 December 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce unveiled the Market Access Negative List (2020), with immediate effect. Compared with the 2019 version, the new list has been shortened [...]

Oman

Oman

14 Dec 2020

Prohibiting foreign investment in some activities

On 14 December 2020, the Ministerial Decision 209/2020, which lists the activities that are prohibited for foreign investors, came into effect. It aims to promote local products and entrepreneurship projects while providing priority [...]

China

China

24 Nov 2020

Shanghai introduces support policies to encourage foreign R&D centers

On 24 November 2020, Shanghai’s Municipal Government released the Regulations on Encouraging the Establishment and Development of Foreign-funded Research and Development Centers. The Regulations will be in effect from 1 December 2020 [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

23 Nov 2020

Amending Commercial Companies Law

On 23 November 2020, UAE issued a decree making significant amendments to the UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 on Commercial Companies, which may effectively allow for 100% ownership of onshore companies by foreign nationals. The key [...]

Spain

Spain

19 Nov 2020

Temporary screening regime for foreign investment prolonged

On 19 November 2020, the Royal Decree-Law 34/2020 relating to urgent measures against the COVID-19 pandemic entered into force. Inter alia, it prolongs the regime of suspension of liberalization of certain foreign direct investments [...]

United States of America

United States of America

12 Nov 2020

Executive Order on Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Chinese Military Companies (Nov. 12, 2020)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Americans from investing in Chinese firms that the administration says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. The order applies to 31 Chinese companies. It bans US [...]

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

11 Nov 2020

Pharmaceutical manufacturing zone in the southern coast of Hambantota

On 11 November 2020, the Sri Lankan government decided to establish a pharmaceutical manufacturing zone of 400 acres in the southern coast of Hambantota and to invite global pharmaceutical companies to set up companies within the zone. [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia

02 Nov 2020

"Omnibus Law" on job creation has been enacted

On 2 November 2020, Indonesia’s President officially enacted the job creation law - commonly known as the "Omnibus Law". It aims to attract investment, create new jobs, and stimulate the economy by, among other things, simplifying [...]

China

China

01 Nov 2020

Shanghai adopts new foreign investment regulations

On 25 September 2020, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress adopted the Shanghai Regulations on Foreign Investment, effective from 1 November 2020 (the Shanghai FDI Regulations). The regulations will apply to all foreign investment [...]

Pakistan

Pakistan

27 Oct 2020

New mechanism to enable companies to conveniently remit disinvestment proceeds to foreign shareholders

On 27 October 2020, the State Bank of Pakistan introduced a new mechanism to enable companies in Pakistan to conveniently remit disinvestment proceeds to their foreign shareholders. The goal is to make Pakistan a more attractive place [...]

Angola

Angola

20 Oct 2020

New Regulations on Local Content in the oil sector

On 20 October 2020, Angola implemented Presidential Decree no. 271/20 on Local Content Regulations. The Decree introduces the following changes among others: • Local content rules are now applicable to all companies providing goods [...]

Philippines

Philippines

20 Oct 2020

Allowing foreign investors full ownership of large-scale geothermal projects

On 20 October 2020, the Department of Energy adopted a circular on the guidelines for the third Open and Competitive Selection Process (OCSP3) in the awarding of renewable energy service contracts. The circular allows for 100% foreign [...]

China

China

18 Oct 2020

Giving Shenzhen greater autonomy to attract investment

On 18 October 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission published a list of reforms for Shenzhen that include steps for financial markets, intellectual property protection, economic legislation and talent attraction. Key [...]

India

India

16 Oct 2020

Clarifying FDI Policy related Digital Media

On 16 October 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a Clarification on FDI Policy for uploading/streaming of new and current affairs through Digital Media. Accordingly, entities engaged in uploading / streaming of news [...]

India

India

15 Oct 2020

Releasing Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2020

On 28 October 2020, Ministry of Commerce and Industry released the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2020. According to the circular, the Consolidated FDI Policy is effective from 15 October 2020. The previous Consolidated FDI Policy [...]

United States of America

United States of America

15 Oct 2020

Final Rule on Provisions Pertaining to Certain Investments in the U.S. by Foreign Persons

On 15 October 2020, a "Final Rule" issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury came into effect, modifying the criteria for mandatory declarations for certain foreign investment transactions involving a U.S. business that produces, [...]

Angola

Angola

12 Oct 2020

Free Trade Zones Law

On 12 October 2020, Angola adopted Law no. 35/20 – the Free Trade Zones Law. The law sets forth the possibility of creating free trade zones with a number of incentives and benefits. The new law came into force on 12 October 2020 and [...]

Finland

Finland

11 Oct 2020

Amends its FDI screening regime

On 11 October 2020, the Law no. 682/2020 entered into force. It amends the Act on the Screening of Foreign Corporate Acquisitions of 2012, in particular with the aim of making the Finish investment review mechanism compatible with [...]

European Union

European Union

11 Oct 2020

Investment screening regulation of the European Union entered into force

On 11 October 2020, the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union entered into full application. The Regulation creates a mechanism [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 83