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Strengthen and streamline - Australia sets out plans to revamp its foreign investment regime

The Australian government has set out an ambitious plan to attract overseas investors with a proven track record whilst at the same time toughening up safeguards for investment seen as...


Australia promises AU$2 billion green energy investment boost for Southeast Asia

The Australian government is setting up a AU$2 billion finance facility to help fund green energy transition and infrastructure development in Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asia Investment...

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Companies liable for failing to prevent bribery: key amendments to Australia’s foreign bribery regime

On 29 February 2024, the Australian Federal Parliament passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Bill 2023 representing a significant shift in the Australian...


Pushing the boat out – huge expansion planned in Australian navy as Australia and U.S. deepen defence ties

The Australian government has announced a major overhaul of its naval defence surface fleet, doubling the number of warships to create Australia’s “biggest navy since the second ...


FDI - A global perspective

Access our report on the FDI trends around the world. There is a continuing trend and desire of governments around the world to scrutinize and intervene in transactions involving FDI.


Thresholds up, investment down? Why Australia’s sophisticated investor threshold increases could prove costly

The Australian securities regulator ASIC is proposing an increase in the threshold limits for so-called “sophisticated investors”. The limits have not been raised since they...


Germany in AU$660 million pitch for green hydrogen in Australia

The Australian government is reportedly discussing with Germany a German proposal to inject AU$660 million (€400 million) into a funding scheme to promote green hydrogen in...


Financial Institutions Horizons 2024

If you had told me that we would leave 2023 having lost one of Switzerland’s largest banks, and yet also emerge relatively unscathed (at least by 2008 standards), I would have found...


French government extends the scope of application of the French Foreign Direct Investment screening regime

France is currently strengthening its foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screenings regime. In addition to the new resources allocated to the Government unit in charge of the...

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