Charting a bold future: UK’s civil nuclear roadmap to 2050

    The post below was first published on our Policy Matters notes blog: The government proposals would mark the biggest expansion of nuclear power in 70 years as energy security concerns grow and net zero targets loom. Success requires a step change in government delivery. The UK’s new Civil Nuclear Roadmap to 2050 offers the tantalising … Read more

    GCR Foreign Direct Investment Regulation Guide – third edition: now live and free to access online

    The third edition of the Global Competition Review (GCR) Guide to Foreign Direct Investment Regulation – edited by Veronica Roberts, competition and foreign investment partner at Herbert Smith Freehills – has now been published online. The Guide has once again been comprehensively updated for this new edition to reflect important recent developments in the rapidly-evolving … Read more

    It’s a wrap! All #FDI Friday episodes now available

    Over the last two months our #FDIFriday podcast series has brought together experts from our Global Foreign Investment Regulation Group to discuss the rapidly-evolving foreign direct investment (FDI) regulatory landscape in accessible, digestible episodes to help clients and our wider network keep abreast of the latest developments in this pertinent area of international investment. The … Read more

    Financing the Energy Transition – The Gigafactory Build-out

    Batteries are essential for powering low-carbon technologies, facilitating the shift from internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) and enabling storage of renewable energy. It comes as no surprise then that the energy transition is causing the global demand for batteries to grow at an unprecedented rate, with a projected 14-fold increase between now and … Read more

    Review of investment screening regime in National Security & Investment Act

    The government has published a Call for Evidence on the scope and implementation of the UK’s National Security and Investment (NSI) regime, which governs screening of transactions on national security grounds for both foreign and UK investors. The National Security and Investment Act 2021 introduced a new framework for the review of transactions and investments on national … Read more

    Financing the Energy Transition – Critical Minerals Processing

    Introduction The transition to cleaner technologies such as solar and wind power, battery storage and electric vehicles has prompted a global surge in forecast demand for critical minerals over the coming years. The need to increase exploration, extraction and recycling of critical minerals is mostly understood. However, questions of the security of the wider critical … Read more

    #FDIFriday: New HSF Global FDI podcast series sharing practical insights for investors

    We are delighted to launch our new #FDIFriday podcast series, bringing together experts from our Global Foreign Investment Regulation Group to discuss the rapidly-evolving FDI regulatory landscape in accessible, digestible podcast episodes. Decision-making by FDI agencies tends to be characterised by a lack of transparency, with typically very limited information made publicly available in respect … Read more