The UK Government adopts new powers to investigate smaller merger transactions which raise national security concerns

The expansion of the UK government’s foreign investment review powers will require additional scrutiny of potential deals for the early identification of additional steps in the regulatory approval strategy. Key Points: The new UK rules are part of a wider global trend, with heightened scrutiny of foreign investment control increasing in a number of other jurisdictions. The UK government may further expand its powers in the longer-term as a result of its ongoing review of its foreign investment control regime. On 11 June 2018, the UK government gained new powers to review M&A transactions raising potential national security issues if the target business is active in the production of military or dual-use goods, computing hardware, or quantum technology for supply in the UK. The

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  • Latham & Watkins (London)
  • Latham & Watkins (Hambourg)
  • Latham & Watkins (London)
  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
  • Latham & Watkins (Washington)

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Calum Warren, Jana K. Dammann De Chapto, John Colahan, Jonathan Parker, Steven Croley, The UK Government adopts new powers to investigate smaller merger transactions which raise national security concerns, 11 June 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2018, Art. N° 90009

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