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Denmark poised to exclude foreign investors from owning critical infrastructure

Opposition party sponsoring the move says it is ‘not protectionism, but common sense and protection of sovereignty’.

Year in Review: Making the free market a little less free

While the West has long distrusted Chinese investment in infrastructure, in 2018 this has been extended beyond China, exposing worrying trends.

Germany tightens FDI controls in infra following 50Hertz saga

The lowering of the ownership threshold from 25% to 10% has received a lukewarm response from industry and the Chinese government.

Australia set to block China’s CK Infra from APA Group takeover

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the move should not be seen as an ‘adverse reflection’ on CK Group and that Australia still welcomes foreign investment that is not ‘contrary to our national interest’.

Germany blocks China State Grid bid for 50Hertz, citing ‘national security’ fears

The government uses development bank KfW to buy 20% of the transmission system operator to prevent the state-backed firm taking a stake in the country’s ‘critical energy infrastructure’.

Asset sales loom as CK Infra bids $9.8bn for APA Group

The proposed divestment package – an attempt to satisfy FIRB and ACCC regulatory requirements – is not seen as including APA’s best assets.

Global Summit: Engagement key to managing political risk

Populist sentiment may be putting pressure on politicians to tighten regulation, but improving communication between the public and private sectors – and changing the tone on both sides – is key to managing political risk.

Blunder Down Under

Infrastructure is not the only asset class bearing the brunt of Australia’s latest tightening of foreign investment rules. We ask Matthieu Favas, editor of sister publication Agri Investor, to explain how farmland is being affected.
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