A 1st Look At New EU Screening Of Foreign Direct Investment

By Michael Casey, Marcus Thompson and Thomas Wilson (October 16, 2020, 7:10 PM EDT) -- The European Union has recently taken a significant step in regulating foreign direct investment, or FDI. As of Oct. 11, a new EU regulation related to inbound foreign investment, the foreign direct investment regulation,[1] became binding on all 27 member states.[2]

The new FDI regulation does not create a stand-alone mechanism to vet foreign investment akin to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States or the national security review systems established by individual member states.

Rather, the new EU FDI regime establishes minimum standards for member states' review systems, creates an information sharing channel between the European Commission and member...

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