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Investing in the UK: Implications of the 2022 National Security and Investment Act

Thursday 29 Sep | 17.00 P.M. - 18.00 p.m.

Location

Online

Price

Members: ¥0

Non Members: ¥0

Written by Sam

On 4 January 2022, the UK’s new National Security and Investment (NSI) Law came into effect. Under the NSI Law, the UK government now has sweeping powers to review investments in certain sensitive sectors, even in some cases after transactions have already been completed. While not explicitly a foreign direct investment review regime, the NSI Law has substantial implications for Japanese companies investing into the UK.

This webinar will provide Japanese companies not only with an overview of the NSI Law, but also reflections on its operation more than six months after coming into effect. We will be joined by experts from Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading UK law firm, and FGS Global, a strategic communications and government relations advisor, to provide Japanese companies with an overview of the NSI Law and its impact. Both firms were closely involved in the law’s drafting and passage, and have shepherded deals through under this regime. We will also be joined by representatives of the UK government who will give further perspective on the implementation of the National Security and Investment Act 2022, brought in to safeguard the UK’s national security.

John Gray, Partner, FGS Global

John is a Partner in the London office of FGS Global, having joined the firm in 2006. He provides strategic counsel on political and regulatory matters, with a specialism advising on M&A transactions under UK and EU jurisdictions, encompassing merger control and FDI clearance processes. He has advised on many of the highest profile and most complex M&A transactions in recent years, both domestic and cross-border. Prior to joining FGS Global, John worked for six years as political adviser to a UK Member of Parliament. Educated at the University of Leeds, John holds both a BA (Hons) in History and MA in International Political Economy.

John Gray, Partner, FGS Global

John is a Partner in the London office of FGS Global, having joined the firm in 2006. He provides strategic counsel on political and regulatory matters, with a specialism advising on M&A transactions under UK and EU jurisdictions, encompassing merger control and FDI clearance processes. He has advised on many of the highest profile and most complex M&A transactions in recent years, both domestic and cross-border. Prior to joining FGS Global, John worked for six years as political adviser to a UK Member of Parliament. Educated at the University of Leeds, John holds both a BA (Hons) in History and MA in International Political Economy.

(Remaining Panellists TBA)