Increasing FDI scrutiny in the EU: What does this mean in practice?

Webinar organised by Concurrences, in partnership with White & Case, with Stefan Amarasinha (Policy Officer, DG TRADE), Orion Berg (Counsel, White & Case, Paris), Farhad Jalinous (Partner, White & Case, Washington D.C.), Tilman Kuhn (Partner, White & Case, Düsseldorf/Brussels), Marie-Anne Lavergne (Cheffe du bureau du contrôle des investissements étrangers, French Treasury), and Angelika Milger (Government Counsel - Division VB1, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy).

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Farhad Jalinous stressed that, over the last years, several countries have implemented or enhanced FDI controls across the globe, including countries in Europe. Many countries have only started to adopt FDI regimes, thirty years after the U.S. adopted its regime. First, there is a convergence in views that sensitive sectors need to be protected in a more coherent way from what is called in the U.S. adversarial capital. The Covid-19 pandemic also brought FDI restrictions into sharper focus and accelerated changes at the national level across the world. Mr Jalinous explained that the discussions will focus on France, Germany and the role of the European Commission’s FDI framework. He then presented the panellists.

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