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UK grapples with balancing tough foreign-M&A rules with the need for post-Brexit foreign investment
20 November 2020 00:00
Mergers and acquisitions involving foreign investors will be facing tough new standards in the UK, amid growing concerns over national security. London isn’t alone in beefing up its foreign-investment regime in response to geo-political tensions, but Britain is facing the unique challenge of having to balance the uptick in regulation with the need to attract foreign investment in a difficult, post-Brexit international climate. Meanwhile, in South Korea there is growing concern over the competition regulator’s practice of cramming key antitrust hearings into just one day. The procedural matter is about more than just bathroom breaks: Local companies say they’re facing a tougher enforcement regime than their foreign counterparts.
12 November 2020 16:20 by Simon ZekariaWould-be foreign investors into UK companies have seen the government this week lay out a regime for screening deals under national-security grounds that is so far-ranging.
13 November 2020 03:40 by Wooyoung LeeA recent competition hearing involving South Korea’s Internet giant Naver has raised an issue: reverse discrimination.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Wooyoung Lee Correspondent, Seoul
Wooyoung Lee is a correspondent based in MLex’s Seoul office, South Korea, covering antitrust, privacy and data security, mergers and acquisitions and financial services. Wooyoung has more than a decade of experience in journalism, public policy and research. She has worked and written for news outlets including The Korea Herald, Al Jazeera International, Bloomberg BNA, Monocle, among others.She worked as a foreign service officers for policy and research at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of... Read more
Simon Zekaria Senior Correspondent
Simon Zekaria is a senior correspondent in London, covering UK regulation. Prior to joining MLex, Simon reported on business news for The Wall Street Journal, including on telecommunications, media, technology and consumer affairs. Simon was also a writer for the WSJ on diverse subjects such as Brexit, UK politics and global sport. Simon was previously a correspondent on competition issues and European politics for Thomson Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Brussels. Simon is a graduate... Read more