The German Government passes a revised regulation on foreign investment controlClick here to read the full article online
Regulators are becoming increasingly active in imposing measures on deals or prohibiting them altogether under FDI rules – with prohibitions happening in the EU’s largest economies Germany, France, and Italy in the past months. Against this backdrop, Germany is moving forward on its plans for stricter foreign investment control laws. On 27 April, the German government voted on a revised regulation, following a draft that was presented in January for public consultation. Amongst the key results of this consultation are a couple of changes to the draft that should be welcomed. Firstly, the revised regulation makes it clear that intra-group restructurings do not fall into the scope of the German FDI rules anymore. Moreover, concerning the additional areas of target activities which require a mandatory filing, the voting share threshold has been increased from the initially suggested 10 to 20 percent.