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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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Natalie McNelis

Senior Correspondent

Natalie McNelis covers mergers for MLex in Brussels. Before joining MLex in 2017, she spent 20 years as an international trade and competition lawyer in law firms including Stibbe and WilmerHale. Natalie has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an LLM in EU law from KU Leuven. She is admitted to the bar in New York.

Lewis Crofts


Lewis leads MLex's editorial strategy, content direction, quality and development. He has a reputation for breaking stories and providing analysis on complex legal disputes before regulators and courts around the globe. He has also developed MLex's unrivalled coverage of competition policy, litigation, regulation, Brexit and international investigations.

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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