Investment Policy Measures

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

04 Jan 2022

New investment screening regime will be operational on 4 January 2022

The British Government set the date of the commencement of the National Security and Investment Act for 4 January 2022. The new legislation is a major amendment of foreign investment screening mechanism in the United Kingdom. Additionally, [...]

China

China

22 Oct 2021

Issues the "14th Five-Year Development Plan for Utilizing Foreign Capital"

On 22 October 2021, the Ministry of Commerce issued the "14th Five-Year (2021-2025) Plan for the Utilization of Foreign Capital". The plan indicates that China will open up further to foreign investment, by reducing the negative list [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

21 Oct 2021

Abu Dhabi launches the Virtual Business Licence to drive more foreign investments

On 21 October 2021, the Abu Dhabi Government launched the "Virtual Licence" allowing the non-resident foreign investors to obtain an economic licence for doing business in Abu Dhabi without any prior residence procedures and from any [...]

India

India

06 Oct 2021

100% foreign participation in the Telecoms sector now allowed via the Automatic Route

On October 7 2021, the Government of India announced that it would allow 100% foreign participation in the telecom services industry, including all telecom services and infrastructure providers, through the Automatic Route. Under [...]

United States of America

United States of America

05 Oct 2021

New screening requirement and export controls for certain biotechnology-related software

On 5 October 2021, the Department of Commerce (Bureau of Industry and Security, BIS) published new regulations enacting export controls for certain types of biotechnology-related software capable of designing functional genetic elements. [...]

Japan

Japan

05 Oct 2021

Foreign investment in activities related to 34 rare-earth metals now subject to screening

On 4 November 2021 (after the 30-day transitional period), the amendment of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (the FEFTA) took effect. According to the amendment, business sectors related to 34 rare-earth metals (e.g. mining [...]

South Africa

South Africa

28 Sep 2021

Restricts foreign ownership of private security companies

On 28 September 2021, the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act, 2014 received assent. Among other issues, the Amendment Act introduces a requirement that private security companies be owned and controlled to at least [...]

France

France

10 Sep 2021

Extends FDI review mechanism to technologies involved in the production of renewable energy

On 10 September 2021, the Decree on foreign investment in France (Arrêté du 10 septembre 2021 relatif aux investissements étrangers en France) was adopted. The Decree extended the list of sectors and critical technologies subject to [...]

Cambodia

Cambodia

09 Sep 2021

New investment law aims to boost foreign investments

On October 15 2021, the Government of Cambodia adopted a new Law on Investment. The new law will replace the Law on Investment of 1993, as revised in 2003. The new Law aims to create an open and transparent legal framework for investment, [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

07 Sep 2021

Introduces screening of foreign investment in sensitive and strategic sectors

On 7 September 2021, the Council of Ministers released a Resolution on the establishment of a “Permanent Ministerial Committee for the Examination of Foreign Investment”. The Committee is tasked to identify on an ongoing basis sensitive [...]

Germany

Germany

06 Sep 2021

Extends the FDI screening mechanism to Software and IT Services necessary for the provision of critical infrastructure

On 6 September 2021, the 2nd amendment to the BSI Critical Infrastructure Ordinance (Zweite Verordnung zur Änderung der BSI-Kritisverordnung) was adopted. The new amendment expands the definition of the facilities necessary for the [...]

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

18 Aug 2021

Adopts the International Commercial Arbitration law (based on the UNCITRAL Model Law)

On 18 August 2021, the Law on International Commercial Arbitration entered into force. It is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration with amendments as adopted in 2006. [...]

United States of America

United States of America

02 Aug 2021

Extension of an existing investment ban for U.S. citizens in certain Chinese companies

On June 3, 2021, the Government issued an executive order enacting a prohibition on investment by U.S. nationals in several Chinese companies operating in the surveillance technology sector. The Executive Order expands the scope of [...]

Russian Federation

Russian Federation

13 Jul 2021

Government lowers foreign investments control threshold for fishing industry

On 13 July 2021, the amendment to the Federal Law on Fisheries and Conservation of Aquatic Biological Resources (Федеральный закон «О рыболовстве и сохранении водных биологических ресурсов») and the Federal Law On foreign investments [...]

Honduras

Honduras

12 Jul 2021

Enacts new legislation to promote investment in air transportation services

On 5 July, the Government of Honduras enacted the Decreto 48-2021 "Ley de Fomento para la explotación de rutas aéreas de bajo costo (Decree 48-2021, "Promotion Law for the operation of low-cost airline routes"). According to its text, [...]

Colombia

Colombia

10 Jul 2021

Enacts new legislation on electricity generation activities from renewable sources

On 10 July 2021, the President of Colombia promulgated the new Energy Transition Law (Law No. 2099 of 2021). The new legislation modifies the regulatory framework for power generation from non-conventional renewable sources (NCRS) [...]

New Zealand

New Zealand

05 Jul 2021

New tax disclosures under revised overseas investment regime now in effect

New Zealand revised its investment regime, via a newly published form (IR1245) which requires overseas investors looking to acquire significant New Zealand business assets to make new tax disclosures as part of their application under [...]

Denmark

Denmark

01 Jul 2021

FDI screening regime introduced

On 1 July 2021, the Investment Screening Act entered into force, introducing an FDI screening mechanism in Denmark. It requires foreign investors to obtain prior governmental approval for an aquisition of at least 10% of shareholding [...]

Australia

Australia

01 Jul 2021

Investor visa requirements tightened

On 1 July 2021, Australia revised its migration policy regime, through amendments of relevant laws which took effect on the same day. Visa holders in both the investor and significant investor categories are now required to invest [...]

Indonesia

Indonesia

01 Jul 2021

Issuing new regulation on payment systems

On 29 December 2020, Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, issued regulation No.22/23/PBI/2020. This regulation introduced new requirements with regard to share ownership and capital, which could impact foreign investors in the [...]

Spain

Spain

26 Jun 2021

Restrictions on foreign investment extended until the end of 2021

On 25 June 2021, the Decree-Law 12/2021 entered into force. It extended the screening regime of foreign investment until 31 December 2021. A prior governmental approval is required for any acquisition of more than 10 percent of the [...]

Ecuador

Ecuador

21 Jun 2021

Signs the ICSID Convention

On 21 June 2021, Ecuador signed the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention). The signing opens the process of Ecuador's return to the multilateral dispute [...]

Brazil

Brazil

21 Jun 2021

Partially privatizes an electricity utilities State-owned company

On 21 June 2021, the National Congress of Brazil approved new legislation allowing for a partial privatization of a State-owned enterprise from the energy sector. The new legislation (entitled Provisional Measure No.1031/2021) mandates [...]

Burundi

Burundi

17 Jun 2021

Amendment of the Investment Code and new investment entity

Burundi promulgated a new Investment Code on 17 June 2021. In order to be eligible for the benefits set in the Code, a foreign investment project should be of at least $500,000 (or the equivalent in Burundian franc for Burundian investors) [...]

Japan

Japan

16 Jun 2021

Introduces national security review of real estate usage near sensitive facilities and on border islands

On 16 June 2021, the Japanese Diet passed the Act on Review and Regulation of Real Estate Usage. Once entered into effect (within one year and three months of its publication), the law will allow the Government to review the status [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 85