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Could post-Brexit M&A rules deter foreign investment?
A study by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests foreign companies could be deterred from
investing in the UK by greater political scrutiny of mergers
As part of the Brexit process, the UK Government is planning to become more closely involved in the examination of mergers and acquisitions ostensibly on national security grounds.
The UEA’s David Reader says the green paper on national security and infrastructure investment makes ‘all the right noises’ on providing investor certainty.
Yet he says there could be a perception of an assessment of deals based on boosting a new industry strategy rather than protecting national security. (TS)