On November 11, the UK Government proposed a new national security screening regime that would allow the Government to intervene in “potentially hostile” foreign investments that threatened UK national security while “ensuring the UK remains a global champion of free trade and an attractive place to invest.”
If approved by Parliament, the National Security and Investment Bill would introduce a mandatory and suspensory CFIUS-like regime. We expect the new regime will come into force in the first half of 2021, assuming it receives Parliamentary approval. Given its broad scope and retrospective application, foreign investors considering transactions that may raise national security issues should already consider engaging with the Government and taking account of the new regime in deal negotiations and transactional documents.
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