South East Asia & Pacific: Foreign Direct Investments & COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout the world, many countries have taken aggressive steps to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those steps have resulted in high levels of unemployment and many businesses becoming financially distressed. To protect such businesses from being acquired without appropriate oversight, some countries have tightened their foreign investment laws.

Working together with carefully selected local legal counsel in various jurisdictions we have prepared this briefing note summarising the foreign investment laws in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – key investment destinations in South East Asia and the Pacific region – and the effects of COVID-19 on those laws.

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