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Chinese companies face M&A bans, subsidy paybacks and more under sweeping new EU curbs

By Natalie McNelis, Lewis Crofts and Nicholas Hirst
  • 12 Jun 2020 09:29
  • 12 Jun 2020 09:29
State-backed foreign companies could see mergers unwound, licensing terms imposed and orders to pay EU governments under new investment curbs being drawn up by the European Commission.

A draft policy paper, seen by MLex, envisages new powers to limit competitive harms and imbalances created by companies from outside the EU,

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent


Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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