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COVID 19 – Control Regime Increase on Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

Part II

Ahead of the Regulation (EU) 2019/452 dated March 19, 2019 regarding foreign direct investment (« FDI »), which will enter into force on 11 October 2020, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany decided in June to strengthen

  • the German Foreign Trade and Payments Act (“AWG” :Außenwirtschaftsgesetz) : the proposal amending the FDI Screening rules which passed the German Federal Government on 8 April 2020, was adopted by German Parliament on 18 June 2020,


  • the Foreign Trade Regulation (“AWV” : Außenwirtschaftsverordnung)
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Towards a European duty of vigilance?

"I want to propose a new generational pact for tomorrow. The effects of the crisis mean that we will have to invest on an unprecedented scale, but we will ensure that the next European generation benefits from it. This is a great opportunity for Europe. It is time to add the chapter written by our generation for a sustainable Union. We owe it to future generations."

It was in these terms that Ursula von der Leyen presented to the European Parliament on 27 May the 750 billion euro recovery plan called "Next Generation EU".

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Impact of COVID-19 on certain restructuring transactions during the state of public health emergency period

Order of 25 March 2020 and Order of 15 April 2020 (Ordonnance N ° 2020-306 et Ordonnance n° 2020-427)

The emergency Act No. 2020-290 dealing with the covid-19 epidemic of 23 March (Loi n° 2020-290 d'urgence pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19) created a state of public health emergency in France.

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The message of hope from the man who knew

The man who knew is Bill Gates. At the age of 20, he anticipated the computer boom and was the forerunner of it. At the age of 60, he warned that the great short-term threat that humanity urgently needed to prepare for was a global pandemic. He devotes half of his fortune to fighting diseases and vaccinating the poorest people through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. > Read more

COVID 19 – Control Regime Increase on Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

Part I

- Vu : 62
The European Union (EU) Regulation 2019/452 dated March 19, 2019 regarding foreign direct investment (« FDI ») screening Regulation introduces a screening of direct investments from non-EU countries and establishes a cooperation mechanism between Member States. Regulation (1) (EU) 2019/452 will enter into force on 11 October 2020 (2). > Read more

COVID-19 implications on french legal and business market

- Vu : 153
All French law firms are impacted by the Covid 19 which results in a decrease of activity. Pursuant to an investigation commissioned by the French National Council of Law Societies, 4 out of 10 law firms in France suspended their activities and 80% of the law firms that did not suspend their activities estimate that their turnover has been reduced by half. However, smaller firms seem to be more impacted than larger firms which offer a larger scope of legal services. > Read more

French State of health emergency and adaptation of the rules for the presentation and the approval of companies’ financial statements

Order of 25 March 2020 (Ordonnance N° 2020-318)

- Vu : 123

Pursuant to the Law of March 23, 2020 (Loi n° 2020-290) introducing a state of health emergency in France, the Order of March 25th (Ordonnance N ° 2020-318) has extended several time limits applicable to legal persons and entities without legal personality under private law, for the presentation and the approval of their financial statements.

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French State of health emergency and easing of the rules for meetings and deliberations of the governing bodies and the general meetings

Order of 25 March 2020 (Ordonnance N° 2020-321)

- Vu : 166

To allow and facilitate remote participation for companies, the French government has subsequently adopted an Order (Ordonnance N° 2020-321) on March 25th allowing a easing of the rules for meetings and deliberations of the governing bodies and the general meetings.

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Brexit & transition period

- Vu : 154

After three and a half years of negotiations, Brexit has finally become a reality. The execution of the withdrawal agreement and its entry into force on 31 January 2020, marks the end of the period provided for in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the beginning of a transitional period.

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The Vigilance Act: a first legal action has been initiated in France

- Vu : 215

The very first legal action under the French Act No. 2017-399 of 27 March 2017 on the duty of vigilance of mother companies and multinationals or principals, also known as the "Potier Act" or “Vigilance Act”, has been brought.

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Modifications in the remuneration of corporate officers of listed companies

Order No. 2019-1234 and Decree No. 2019-1235 of 27 November 2019

- Vu : 218

Order no. 2019-1234 and Decree no. 2019-1235 of 27 November 2019 transpose EU Directive 2017/828 of 17 May 2017, which aims to promote long-term commitment of shareholders, and reorganize the obligations relating to the remuneration of corporate officers in listed companies.

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Enactment of the energy climate act, a major step in the fight against climate change

Enactment of the Energy and Climate Act

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The enactment of the Energy and Climate Act is a key step in the fight against climate change.

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France, the new gateway to Europe (with an interesting take on China)

- Vu : 499

Since June 2019, France has become the second most attractive country in Europe in terms of foreign investments, exceeding Germany and catching up with the United Kingdom. It is the first country for R&D and industrial projects thanks to a number of factors among which France strategic position giving access to EMEA and African markets, developed infrastructure, a leading dynamic economy, quality of R&D team and innovation.

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Critical legislative development: the escalating importance of extra-financial criteria

From Fusions & Acquisitions Magazine

- Vu : 127

Investors' awareness of criteria that are not solely related to the profitability of a company goes back to the beginning of the century initiatives with ethical funds that combined financial needs and religious aspirations.

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Portugal - Personal Data

- Vu : 507
List of personal data pocessing activities that must be subject to a data protection impact assessment – REGULATION NR. 1/2018 > Read more
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