Category Archives: Government Regulation

Jones Day Talks Government Regulation includes discussions related to antitrust, competition, environment, trade, regulatory law, and public law.

France's FDI Regulations Target Sensitive Industries

France’s FDI Regulations Target Sensitive Industries



France remains a vibrant market for investors. But as is the case in many countries, France is establishing regulations to oversee and control foreign investment in certain industries and sectors. Jones Day’s Audrey Bontemps, Nicolas Brice, and Chase Kaniecki talk about the country’s foreign direct investment regulations and explain how parties to possible transactions subject to these rules should proceed.


Jones Day Talks: Italy Embraces Foreign investment but Maintains Oversight



Italy is ranked one of the top destinations for investment in the European union. Still, the Italian government wields the authority to review, and even prevent, investments by foreign entities seeking assets in certain sectors and industries.

Jones Day’s Stefano Crosio and Chase Kaniecki talk about recent developments in Italy’s foreign direct investment regulations and discuss strategic considerations for parties to potential transactions.


Oversight of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK

Jones Day Talks: Oversight of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK



The United Kingdom is taking a careful look at potential direct investments by foreign entities. While the UK certainly works hard to attract investor interest, concerns relating to certain sectors can trigger government scrutiny and oversight.

Jones Day’s Matt Evans and Chase Kaniecki discuss the U.K.’s review process, the role of the Competition and Markets Authority, the sectors subject to examination, and the importance of “managing the message.”


EU's New Foreign Direct Investment Regulations Eye Specific Sectors

EU’s New Foreign Direct Investment Regulations Eye Specific Sectors



In step with a global trend, the European Union has enacted a framework, effective October 11, 2020, for screening foreign direct investment into EU states.

Jones Day’s Renato Antonini, Eva Monard, and Chase Kaniecki discuss the industries and sectors affected, the impact on investment deal flow, and other likely effects of the new EU-wide provisions.


Trump Administration Allows Private Parties to Sue Under Helms-Burton Act for Assets Seized in Cuba

Trump Administration Allows Private Parties to Sue Under Helms-Burton Act for Assets Seized in Cuba



Breaking more than two decades of precedent, the Trump Administration has allowed the suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act to lapse, thereby enabling eligible individuals and companies to file lawsuits in U.S. courts seeking compensation for assets expropriated by the Cuban government since 1959.

Jones Day’s Chris Pace and Rick Puente discuss the circumstances leading to Title III, how companies can evaluate claims they may have under Title III or exposure they may face under Title III, and potential defenses to Title III lawsuits.


Jones Day Talks: Aktuelle Entwicklungen im deutschen Windenergierecht



Am 21. Dezember 2018 ist das sog. Energiesammelgesetz in Kraft getreten, mit dem u.a. das EEG geändert wurde. Hierbei handelt es sich um die siebte Änderung des EEG 2017 seit dessen Inkrafttreten vor etwas mehr als zwei Jahren. Eingeführt wurde u.a. eine Pflicht zur Ausrüstung von Windenergieanlagen mit einer bedarfsgesteuerten Nachtkennzeichnung ab dem 1. Juli 2020. Diese Pflicht gilt auch für Bestandsanlagen; schätzungsweise 18.000 Windenergieanlagen in Deutschland müssen daher nachgerüstet werden.

Aus der aktuellen Rechtsprechung ist ein Beschluss des Bayerischen Verwaltungsgerichtshofs vom 3. April 2019 zur Anwendbarkeit der sog. 10 H-Regelung insbesondere für Planer und Betreiber von Windenergieanlagen in Bayern relevant. Danach ist die 10 H-Regelung (Art. 82 BayBO) auch dann bei der Erteilung von Änderungsgenehmigungen nach § 16 BImSchG zu beachten, wenn bereits eine bestandskräftige BImSchG-Genehmigung vorliegt und sich weder die Standorte noch die Höhe der Anlagen ändern.

Diese aktuellen Themen im Bereich Windrecht erläutert Kerstin Henrich von Jones Day.


Developments in Germany's Wind Power Regulations

Jones Day Talks: Developments in Germany’s Wind Power Regulations



On December 21, 2018, the so-called Energy Collective Law came into force, amending, inter alia, the German Renewable Energies Act (“EEG”). This is the seventh amendment to the EEG 2017 since it came into force on January 1, 2017. Among other things, an obligation was introduced to equip wind turbines with need-controlled night-time identification from July 1, 2020. This obligation also applies to existing turbines; an estimated 18,000 wind turbines in Germany will therefore have to be retrofitted.

From the current case law, a decision of the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court of April 3, 2019, on the applicability of the so-called 10 H regulation is relevant in particular for planners and operators of wind farms in Bavaria. According to this decision, the 10 H regulation must also be observed when granting amendment permits in accordance with the German Federal Emission Control Act if a valid and binding permit for the wind farm already exists and neither the locations nor the height of the turbines change.

Jones Day’s Kerstin Henrich explains these current topics in the field of wind energy law.


Doing Deals Down Under: Australia's Foreign Direct Investment Regime

Jones Day Talks: Doing Deals Down Under – Australia’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime



Like many countries, Australia is taking a careful look at proposed investments by foreign entities, particularly  when certain sensitive industries or a government agency are involved. Jones Day’s Mark Crean, Ingrid Costello, Amelia Berczelly, and Chase Kaniecki discuss the FIRB approval procedures, mandatory and voluntary notifications, and the actual risk of a deal not being approved.


Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany

Jones Day Talks: Navigating Foreign Direct Investment in Germany



Germany has two different sets of rules for the review of foreign direct investments. The relevant ordinance, the Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, or AWV, provides for a sector-specific review process applying to the acquisition, by any non-German acquirer, of German companies active in military products and crypto-technology. The other set of rules, the cross-sectoral review, applies to the acquisition of all other companies by any non-EU acquirer. Jones Day’s Jürgen Beninca and Chase Kaniecki discuss what investors should know about the AWV.


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Jones Day Talks: Foreign Direct Investment to the U.S. – A Look at CFIUS and the FIRRMA Pilot Program



Jones Day’s Justin Huff, Laura Fraedrich, and Chase Kaniecki explain the role of CFIUS, discuss how provisions of the FIRRMA pilot program are affecting investment in the U.S., and talk about what to expect next in cross-border transaction oversight.