Following up on my 2nd quarter foreign direct investment review, we’ll pick it up in
Ireland which set out a new FDI screening rule similar to that of the UK. The
Screening of Third Country Transactions Bill 2022 should be enacted before end of year and will require notification of transactions in issuers with activities affecting security or public order. One condition outlined in the rule is a value trigger of
2M Euros and holdings of 25% or more shares or voting rights.
The UK published its first
market guidance notes on its National Security & Investment Act focusing on the mandatory notification system.
Paddling across the channel to France, the Ministry of Economy and Finance issued
guidelines for screening and approving FDI for non-EU/EEA investors purchasing 10% of voting rights of French registered companies who are also operating within a restricted industry such as national defense, public security and order.
Traversing the Pyrenees, the CNMV in Spain published new reporting
forms. Taking a cheap flight from Spain to Italy we find that the Golden Decree came into force on 24 September. This new Decree allows for the “pre-filing” of transactions which will provide entities the opportunity to receive a preliminary assessment
from the Italian Government if the transaction would fall within the Golden Power Legislation.
Upgrading to business class we head over to S Korea where the
FSS is expected to issue an updated notification form for disclosures under the 5% rule. The updated form will allow the FSS to get details from investors whose purpose is related to management impact.
That concludes our inflight FDI entertainment.