12 min

PE Views: Foreign Investment Controls – Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity‪?‬ Connected With Latham

    • Management

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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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.
 
This podcast is provided as a service of Latham & Watkins LLP. Listening to this podcast does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Latham & Watkins LLP, and you should not send confidential information to Latham & Watkins LLP. While we make every effort to assure that the content of this podcast is accurate, comprehensive, and current, we do not warrant or guarantee any of those things and you may not rely on this podcast as a substitute for legal research and/or consulting a qualified attorney. Listening to this podcast is not a substitute for engaging a lawyer to advise on your individual needs. Should you require legal advice on the issues covered in this podcast, please consult a qualified attorney. Under New York’s Code of Professional Responsibility, portions of this communication contain attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each representation. Please direct all inquiries regarding the conduct of Latham and Watkins attorneys under New York’s Disciplinary Rules to Latham & Watkins LLP, 885 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4834, Phone: 1.212.906.1200

12 min