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Public interest or protectionism? Navigating the new normal

The world’s largest economies are strengthening public interest and foreign investment controls – since 2015, 11 G20 countries, including all of the G7, have enacted or set in motion more restrictive public interest or foreign investment measures. The regulatory environment for global M&A is more complex and deal execution risk is higher than ever. To navigate public interest and foreign investment issues, it is critical to address them from the outset in deal planning. Employing a consistent global narrative and taking a creative approach to remedy planning by building such issues into the intended deal structure are just two of the ways to improve the chances of success. The Public interest or protectionism? Navigating the new normal publication looks at the impact of new measures on deal-making, and presents next steps to navigate the normal. The publication addresses deal issues on a thematic basis, using detailed case studies that characterise the case-by-case approach in this field. Our approach is a departure from the country by country analysis that is frequently deployed to explore such issues.