Top 5 Foreign Investment Developments - November 2020

Top 5 Foreign Investment Developments: November 2020

Foreign investment and sensitive sectors regimes enable government across the world to scrutinise foreign shareholders investing in sectors considered sensitive in the particular jurisdiction. We have seen the number of regimes significantly increase and scrutiny intensify throughout 2020. November, however, appears to have been a bumper month in terms of foreign investment developments tracked by our Regulatory Research Team. Below we highlight the top 5 shareholder disclosure FI developments we tracked through November.

CP86 Thematic Review and Conclusions

CP86 Thematic Review and Conclusions

On 20th October 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) published a letter to all UCITS management companies, authorised Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs), self-managed UCITS investment companies and internally managed Alternative Investment Funds which are authorised AIFMs. The letter sets out the CBI’s conclusions of its thematic inspection of compliance with its Fund Management Companies Guidance, which concluded the three-part CP86 consultation process.

SEC Proposed Modernised Shareholder Reports

SEC Proposed Modernised Shareholder Reports

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed significant modifications to the mutual fund and exchange-traded fund disclosure framework. The proposed disclosure framework would feature concise and visually engaging shareholder reports that would highlight information that is particularly important for retail investors to assess and monitor their fund investments.

Foreign Investment Restrictions On The Rise

Foreign Investment Restrictions on the Rise

Liquidity risk was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic with regulators introducing a number of initiatives to mitigate the corresponding risk. However, it’s not the only area which has seen increased attention as a result of COVID-19. As summarised below, despite the G20 commitment to “support global trade and investment” during the pandemic, foreign investment restrictions have been on the rise.