Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
I am pleased to present the fourth edition of The Foreign Investment Regulation Review. This year’s edition features contributions from 46 authors from 21 countries. Our contributors provide important insight into the regulatory framework for foreign investment review in their respective countries, as well as an overview of current trends and developments in this field.
In 2015, global foreign investment increased to its highest level since the global economic crisis began in 2008. The primary factor in the global growth of foreign investment was the significant increase in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Within this context, foreign investment reviews will continue to present complex issues for businesses, regulatory authorities and legal counsel. Legal practitioners and companies seeking to do business internationally will benefit by familiarising themselves with the regulatory frameworks outlined in this treatise. Of particular importance, this edition provides readers with practical guidance to navigate investments in major jurisdictions by anticipating key timing and substantive issues. It also brings to the readers’ attention key policy or ‘soft’ considerations when investing in a particular jurisdiction. We hope this edition will assist investors and businesses being acquired to better evaluate and manage the legal and political risks associated with investments that may be subject to foreign investment review, ultimately reducing transaction uncertainty and delay.
I would like to express my gratitude to each author and law firm involved in this project for the commitment of both their expertise and their time.