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Jones Day Talks: Foreign Direct Investments—Our continuing podcast series on FDIs worldwide

The Committee on Foreign Investment in United States ("CFIUS"), which is the vehicle through which the U.S. government evaluates how foreign investments in the United States impact U.S. national security, is well-known. However, CFIUS is not the only foreign direct investment ("FDI") regime in town. In fact, many countries around the world have similar review regimes in place. As countries take steps to either amend their existing, or establish new, FDI regimes, parties to transactions involving multinational companies must consider, as possible in the planning stages, if and how FDI regimes may impact a deal. Jones Day lawyer are recording a series of podcasts highlighting key FDI developments.

Jones Day Talks: France's FDI Regulations Target Sensitive Industries | JULY 2019

JD Talks FDI France

France remains a vibrant market for investors. But as is the case in many countries, France is establishing regulations to oversee and control foreign investment in certain industries and sectors. Jones Day;Audrey Bontemps Nicolas Brice, and Chase Kaniecki talk about the country's foreign direct investment regulations and explain how parties to possible transactions subject to these rules should proceed.

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Jones Day Talks: Italy Embraces Foreign investment but Maintains Oversight | JUNE 2019

Jones Day Talks Foreign Direct Investment

Italy is ranked one of the top destinations for investment in the European union. Still, the Italian government wields the authority to review, and even prevent, investments by foreign entities seeking assets in certain sectors and industries.

Lawyers Stefano Crosio and Chase Kaniecki talk about recent developments in Italy's foreign direct investment regulations and discuss strategic considerations for parties to potential transactions.

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Jones Day Talks: Oversight of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK |June 2019

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The United Kingdom is taking a careful look at potential direct investments by foreign entities. While the UK certainly works hard to attract investor interest, concerns relating to certain sectors can trigger government scrutiny and oversight.

Jones Day’s Matt Evans and Chase Kaniecki discuss the U.K.’s review process, the role of the Competition and Markets Authority, the sectors subject to examination, and the importance of “managing the message.”

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EU’s New Foreign Direct Investment Regulations Eye Specific Sectors |June 2019

  Jones Day Talks: EU's New Foreign Direct Investment Regulations Eye Specific Sectors

In step with a global trend, the European Union has enacted a framework, effective October 11, 2020, for screening foreign direct investment into EU states.

Jones Day’s Renato Antonini, Eva Monard, and Chase Kaniecki discuss the industries and sectors affected, the impact on investment deal flow, and other likely effects of the new EU-wide provisions.

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Jones Day Talks: Doing Deals Down Under – Australia’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime | April 2019

 Jones Day Talks: Doing Deals Down Under – Australia’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime

Like many countries, Australia is taking a careful look at proposed investments by foreign entities, particularly  when certain sensitive industries or a government agency are involved. Jones Day’s Mark Crean, Ingrid Costello, Amelia Berczelly, and Chase Kaniecki discuss the FIRB approval procedures, mandatory and voluntary notifications, and the actual risk of a deal not being approved.

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Jones Day Talks: Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany | March 2019

  Jones Day Talks: Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany

Germany has two different sets of rules for the review of foreign direct investments. The relevant ordinance, the Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, or AWV, provides for a sector-specific review process applying to the acquisition, by any non-German acquirer, of German companies active in military products and crypto-technology. The other set of rules, the cross-sectoral review, applies to the acquisition of all other companies by any non-EU acquirer. Jones Day’s Jürgen Beninca and Chase Kaniecki discuss what investors should know about the AWV.

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Jones Day Talks: Managing Multijurisdictional M&A | February 2019

Managing Multijurisdictional MA

In the first in a Jones Day Talks series on foreign direct investment, Randi Lesnick and Chase Kaniecki discuss the current global M&A landscape, the challenges of multijurisdictional deal making, the impact of geopolitical issues, and why investors can benefit from contingency planning.

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Jones Day Talks: Foreign Direct Investment to the U.S. - A Look at CFIUS and the FIRRMA Pilot Program | March 2019

A Look at CFIUS and the FIRRMA Pilot Program

Justin Huff, Laura Fraedrich, and Chase Kaniecki explain the role of CFIUS, discuss how provisions of the FIRRMA pilot program are affecting investment in the U.S., and talk about what to expect next in cross-border transaction oversight.

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