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Foreign investment regulation

A global team of foreign investment specialists.

Public interest and foreign investment issues increasingly are a threshold issue for global M&A. Our experienced team, which includes former regulators, provides a global strategic approach.

The regulatory environment for global M&A is more complex and deal execution risk is higher than ever. Since 2015, 11 G20 countries (including all of the G7) have enacted or set in motion more restrictive public interest or foreign investment measures. So parties need experienced, proactive legal advisers with the ear of regulatory authorities worldwide.

Freshfields is a world leader in public interest and foreign investment review with experienced practitioners in all key jurisdictions, including former regulators in many jurisdictions. Our highly integrated team has worked together to provide global strategic advice on some of the highest profile transactions.

In the United States, our team includes the former most senior government official responsible for conducting national security reviews at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Our specialists in specific jurisdictions are included in 'Our team' below.

Client successes

The acquisition of Kuka, a listed German robotics manufacturer, by the Midea Group, a Chinese-listed home appliances company, presented multiple obstacles, not least concerns about the sale of a national champion to China.

Freshfields’ advice helped Midea to complete this €4.5bn deal – the largest ever by a Chinese bidder.

Read more about the deal in our case study.