Investment Policy Measures

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Hungary

Hungary

26 May 2020

Temporarily tightens FDI screening

On 26 May 2020, Governmental Decree no. 227/2020 entered into force in Hungary. It introduced a temporary foreign investment screening mechanism applicable to investors from both inside and outside the European Union and will be effective [...]

Germany

Germany

20 May 2020

Responses to COVID-19 by tightening FDI screening

On 20 May 2020, the German government amended the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, focusing on critical public health services. It stipulates that foreign acquisitions of at least 10 per cent stock in German companies developing, [...]

Viet Nam

Viet Nam

15 May 2020

Investment Incentives for SMEs

As the outbreak of COVID-19 hampers business activity, Vietnam introduced Decree No. 37/2020/ND-CP (Decree 37) on 30 March 2020 to update the list of sectors and industries access to investment incentives under Decree 118/2015/ND-CP. [...]

Japan

Japan

07 May 2020

Ministry of Finance released a list of companies deemed important to national security.

On 7 May 2020, the Ministry of Finance released a list of 518 companies in the 12 sectors deemed important to Japan's national security (14 per cent of publicly traded companies) -- including Toyota, Sony, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, [...]

Japan

Japan

07 May 2020

Revises rules on foreign investment

On 22 November 2019, Japan's parliament passed a bill, which revised the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act. This bill tightened regulations on foreign investment in listed Japanese companies related to national security, including [...]

France

France

30 Apr 2020

The government extends FDI screening regime as a response to the COVID-19 pandemics

On 29 April 2020, the French Government informed about two amendments to the foreign investment screening regime as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By decree of 27 April 2020, the list of sectors and critical technologies subject [...]

Canada

Canada

18 Apr 2020

Enhanced scrutiny of foreign investment during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 18 April 2020, the Canadian Government published its Policy Statement on Foreign Investment Review and COVID-19 that announced an “enhanced scrutiny” of “foreign direct investments of any value, controlling or non-controlling, in [...]

India

India

17 Apr 2020

Introduces FDI screening originating from neighbouring countries amid the COVID-19 pandemics

On 17 April 2020, the Government of India reviewed its Foreign Direct Investment policy for "curbing opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic" and decided to introduce the so-called [...]

Italy

Italy

06 Apr 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government strengthens its special powers in strategic sectors

On 6 April 2020, the Italian Cabinet approved the expansion of the special power regime in strategic sectors that require prior approval for any foreign investment. The scope of the FDI screening will now also cover, inter alia, the [...]

United States of America

United States of America

04 Apr 2020

Foreign participation in the telecom sector under scrutiny

On 4 April 2020, the President of the United States, through executive order, established the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector. Its primary objective is assisting [...]

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

02 Apr 2020

New investment proclamation published

The proclamation, which was published on 2 April 2020, provides, inter alia, that any investor may engage in any business, except where it is contrary to law, moral, public health or security. Certain activities will be restricted, [...]

Russian Federation

Russian Federation

01 Apr 2020

State contracts with private investors on the protection and promotion of investment introduced

On 1 April 2020, the new Federal Law № 69-ФЗ on the Protection and Promotion of Investment entered into force. It does not replace the existing investment regime in the Russian Federation, but introduces a new instrument to incentivise [...]

Spain

Spain

01 Apr 2020

Government restricts foreign investment regime a second time in one month

On 31 March 2020, Royal Decree-Law 11/2020 was adopted, enlisting additional measures that the Spanish Government undertakes to battle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including special provisions on the foreign investment [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

31 Mar 2020

Listing of state assets planned for privatisation

On 31 March 2020, Saudi Arabia’s government approved the listing of government assets planned for privatisation on its stock market TADAWUL after an initial public offering. Assets, sectors and services planned for privatisation shall [...]

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

31 Mar 2020

The "Positive List" has been officially published

On 17 March 2020, the UAE issued Cabinet Resolution No.(16) of 2020, setting out the 'Positive List of Economic Sectors and Activities in which Foreign Direct Investment is Permitted.' It became effective on 31 March 2020. 122 economic [...]

Australia

Australia

29 Mar 2020

Temporarily tightened its rules on foreign takeovers

On 29 March 2020, the Australian government announced temporary changes to the foreign investment review framework that are designed to protect national interests while dealing with the economic implications of the spread of COVID-19. [...]

European Union

European Union

25 Mar 2020

Amid the Corona-19 pandemic, the European Commission calls for rigid foreign investment screening

On 25 March 2020, the European Commission issued Guidelines calling upon Member States to implement rigid foreign investment screening "in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability" aimed at safegarding EU critical [...]

Spain

Spain

18 Mar 2020

Due to Corona-19 pandemia, the liberalization regime for foreign direct investments is suspended

On 18 March 2020, the Royal Decree-Law No. 8/2020 on extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19 entered into force. It provides a legal basis for the economic recovery package prepared by the Spanish [...]

India

India

12 Mar 2020

Parliament passed a new Mineral Law

On 12 March 2020, The Indian Parliament passed the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, amending the Mines & Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. The amended provisions [...]

Australia

Australia

10 Mar 2020

New Foreign Financial Services Regulation

On 10 March 2020, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission published new regulations for Foreign Financial Services Providers (FFSPs) providing financial services to Australian wholesale clients. The new framework has two [...]

India

India

04 Mar 2020

Government allows non-resident Indians to own a 100% stake in Air India

On 4 March 2020, the Union Cabinet approved an amended Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy on civil aviation, permitting non-resident Indian nationals (NRIs) to own up to 100% of the stakes of Air India under the automatic route. [...]

India

India

27 Feb 2020

Foreign single brand retailers can source from SEZs to satisfy FDI requirements

On 27 February 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry published a clarification that single brand retailers, owned by foreign companies, can fulfill their local sourcing requirements by procuring goods produced in units based [...]

Romania

Romania

27 Feb 2020

Governmental control over foreign investment in oil industry introduced

On 27 February 2020, the Government Emergency Ordinance amending the Petroleum Law No. 238/2004 entered into force. Under the new law, the National Agency for Mineral Resources is now competent to refuse any concession and execution [...]

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

18 Feb 2020

Law on Special Economic Zones adopted

On 18 February 2020, the Law on Special Economic Zones was published in the official gazette of Uzbekistan. It governs the creation, operation and liquidation of zones. Additionally, it also specifies roles of different public authorities [...]

China

China

14 Feb 2020

Shanghai moves to open up financial sector

On 14 February 2020, China’s main financial authorities – together with the Shanghai government – unveiled a guideline (Yin Fa [2020] No.46 with 30 measures to speed up establishing Shanghai as an international financial center. The [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 80