China’s new Foreign Investment Law

Heimann, Patrick and Bischof, Roger (2020) China’s new Foreign Investment Law. Novità fiscali, 2020 (12). pp. 785-789. ISSN 2235-4573


Since the early ‘80s, when China started to open up its doors to international trade under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, foreign investors have been facing obstacles with respects to business establishment and investment treatment. Recently, in an effort to restore foreign investors’ confidence by providing equal privileges to all countries trading with China and reaffirm its administrative integrity, China has passed a new Foreign Investment Law (FIL), which came into force on 1st of January 2020. The FIL, which has been positively welcomed by the global public opinion, aims at addressing investors’ concerns such as (i) forced technology transfers; (ii) protection of intellectual property rights and (iii) equal competition and fair market access. While the new law is encouraging, foreign investors are well advised to take a close look at the major changes, benefits and obligations that the new Law brings in the Chinese corporate landscape and consider which concrete steps are necessary in order to take advantage of upcoming investment opportunities in China. This article provides an overview of the FIL by placing it into current global context and by examining its most salient clauses and related consequences for investors.

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