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German govt lowers threshold to 10% for screening foreign investments

Thursday 20 December 2018 | 10:28 CET | News

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The German government has decided to reform the Foreign Trade Ordinance (AWV), allowing it to vet acquisitions by foreign firms of as little as a 10 percent stake in German companies in strategic sectors, down from the current threshold of 25 percent. This would apply to investments in companies in sectors such energy or food infrastructure, related software developers and cloud computing services or telecommunication operators. Also new is that companies in the media industry could be subject to the increased scrutiny in the event of a foreign takeover. 

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