What UK's New Merger Controls Mean For Private Equity

Law360 (May 13, 2021, 4:36 PM EDT) -- On April 29, 2021, the United Kingdom's National Security and Investment Act received royal assent after rapidly progressing through U.K. Parliament. This much-publicized and long-awaited legislation establishes a new framework for the U.K. government to review so-called trigger events — which include a wide variety of private equity investments and transactions — on national security grounds.[1]

Parties to a subset of trigger events will be required to notify and obtain approval from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, or BEIS, before completing such trigger events.

In addition, BEIS will have new powers to review trigger events if necessary to address national...

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