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Foreign investment monitor

Q1 2021

Foreign investment monitor

Welcome to Freshfields' foreign investment monitor

The regulatory environment in which investors and multinational corporations operate is more complex and volatile than ever. This is particularly true when it comes to rapidly evolving foreign investment laws.

Coming off a resurgent M&A market in the second half of 2020, there is optimism that opportunities for deal-making will continue to grow in 2021. However, there are also increasing challenges, with regulatory intervention still a leading cause of deal collapse.

Economic conditions remain uncertain with the pandemic not yet fully under control, and geopolitical tensions, particularly between the United States and China, show no signs of easing. Against this backdrop, foreign investment regimes are being implemented and amended at speed.  Governments and regulators continue to test new areas of national security concern – including evolving threats around cyber security, critical technology and critical supply chains – and face increased political pressure to take a more protectionist stance. 

In this new quarterly publication, a companion piece to our M&A monitor, we are excited to share key issues for investors, updates on forthcoming legislative changes, and practical guidance on how to navigate the global foreign investment landscape.

Delivering success in today’s environment requires a sophisticated understanding of this rapidly changing landscape. We have extensive experience of seamlessly managing foreign investment and national security risk assessments and regulatory review processes on transactions across a range of industries and jurisdictions. Our international team combines depth drawn from experience both in and out of government. 

With the most up-to-date insights, careful preparation and our leading team of foreign investment practitioners at your disposal, you can pursue your critical transactions with confidence.


Aimen Mir
Washington, DC


Alastair Mordaunt
Hong Kong