Queen’s Speech 2019: competition law and FDI implications

On 14 October 2019 the Government’s legislative agenda for the next parliamentary session was set out in the Queen’s Speech, accompanied by detailed background briefing notes. We have summarised below the key takeaways in terms of implications for the UK competition law regime and the plans for a new standalone foreign direct investment regime. Competition … Read more

Secretary of State intends to accept undertakings in connection with the proposed acquisition of Inmarsat by Connect BidCo

On 9 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (SoS) announced that she is intending to accept undertakings offered by the parties to the proposed acquisition of British satellite operator Inmarsat plc by Connect BidCo (a private-equity led Consortium including equity funds based in Canada). This deal has been closely … Read more

US Treasury Department Issues Proposed Regulations to Expand CFIUS Jurisdiction and Implement Other Requirements Under FIRRMA

The US Department of Treasury (Treasury) has issued proposed regulations to implement changes – made by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) – that expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The proposed regulations are notable to the extent they: Define CFIUS jurisdiction over certain “non-controlling … Read more

FDI Podcast EP6: Foreign Direct Investment in China

In this, sixth episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice, leads a discussion about foreign direct investment in China. She talks to Karen Ip and David Dawborn, corporate partners at Herbert Smith Freehills and Ying Staton, head of Asia at Global Counsel. Read more

FDI Podcast EP5: Foreign Direct Investment in Australia

In this, fifth episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice, leads a discussion about foreign direct investment in Australia. She talks to Matt Fitzgerald, a corporate partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and Stephen Adams, senior director at Global Counsel. Read more

FDI Podcast EP4: Foreign Direct Investment in the US

In this, fourth episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice, leads a discussion about foreign direct investment in the US, including how political rhetoric is influencing developments. Veronica talks to Joe Falcone, a disputes partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and Stephen Adams, senior director at Global Counsel. Read more

FDI Podcast EP3: Foreign Direct Investment in France, Germany and the EU’s new framework

In this, third episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice, leads a discussion about developments in the EU focusing on the current Commission proposals and the changing approaches in both France and Germany. She talks to Kyriakos Fountoukakos and Marius Boewe, competition partners at Herbert Smith Freehills, Tom White, Head of Europe at Global … Read more

FDI Podcast EP2: Foreign direct investment in the UK

In this, the second episode, Veronica Roberts, an anti-trust partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ competition practice leads a discussion about how foreign direct investment in the UK, including an examination of the current proposals for screening foreign investment. She talks to Mark Bardell, a corporate partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and Leo Ringer, head of UK at … Read more