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    • 08/01/2021
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    German Government prohibits Chinese acquisition under foreign direct investment rules

    On 2 December 2020, the German Government prohibited on public security grounds the sale of the German Institut für Mobil- und Satellitenfunktechnik (“IMST”), a specialist in satellite and communications technologies, to Addsino, a subsidiary of State-owned defence group China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (“CASIC”). This is only the second time that the German Government has decided to prohibit a transaction on the basis of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, and is technically the first prohibition to take effect as the first transaction had been abandoned once it became clear that the prohibition was imminent.

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    • 25/11/2020
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    EU publishes proposed amendments to the Dual-use Regulation

    On 10 November 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on the text of a long-awaited amendment to Regulation 428/2009 setting up an EU regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (“Dual-use Regulation”). The proposal widens the scope of the EU dual-use control regime to cover cyber-surveillance technology and the supply of technical services related to dual-use items. Changes also include new conditions to obtain an export authorisation and the introduction of national control lists. This Client Alert sets out the proposal’s key points.

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    • 30/10/2020
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    UK and Japan sign Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

    On 23 October 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) and Japan signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The CEPA is based on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan. However, the CEPA also contains some enhanced provisions in areas such as rules of origin, financial services, and digital matters, and eliminates certain tariff lines earlier than the EPA. Once ratified, the CEPA is expected to enter into force as of 1 January 2021 and, as far as possible, provide continuity for trade between the UK and Japan after the EU-Japan EPA ceases to apply to the UK. Our overview of the UK-Japan CEPA highlights the key features of the agreement and identifies the main differences between the CEPA and the EPA relevant to stakeholders. Please click below to read our note on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

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