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Episode 22 — PE Views: Foreign Investment Controls — Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?

March 11, 2021
Amid FDI screening regime expansion, deal teams have opportunities to capitalize on newly available exemptions, but must beware novel complexities.

Governments’ desire to control investments by businesses from purportedly hostile nations has led to more investments being stalled or blocked in recent years. Recent moves to tighten FDI screening rules during the COVID-19 crisis accelerated this trend. While more and more countries are introducing or expanding their FDI screening regimes, well-established regimes (such as that operating in the US) are maturing and offering exemptions that may prove helpful to some private equity investors — while also creating new complexities.

In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner Tom Evans discusses the obstacles and opportunities created by these changes in FDI regimes with London antitrust and competition partner Jonathan Parker, author of UK Merger Control and a leading authority on global FDI issues.

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