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Foreign investment: An overview of EU and national case law

This foreword provides an overview of the developments of foreign investment (“FI”) regimes globally during 2020 and, more specifically, highlights the trends over the year in the area of FI. [1] Historically, the European Union (“EU”) has had one of the most open investment regimes in the world and has been a key destination for foreign investments. [2] The openness of the EU towards foreign investments was often seen as an important reason for its economic success. But the idea of unrestricted openness of the economy to foreign investments started to wane when the so-called ‘new investors’ – referring primarily to investors from China and Russia – started acquiring core technologies and key companies in Europe. Their investments in European businesses were suspected of being driven by

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Christian Ahlborn, Christoph Barth, David-Julien dos Santos Goncalves, Foreign investment: An overview of EU and national case law, 17 December 2020, e-Competitions Foreign Investment, Art. N° 98126

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