Foreign Direct Investment in the United States and Europe

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This Essay provides a short primer on the review of foreign direct investment by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States and the potential for significant reform in the US, as well as on developments in Germany and the EU reform initiative. In so doing, this Essay notes some of the connections between and among foreign direct investment review in the US, Germany, and the EU. Changes in the way that foreign direct investment review is conducted in the US and Europe are likely. The following contextualizes those changes by providing an overview of the status quo and identifying the scope of potential reform.