Asia Pacific: government scrutiny grows

Author: Amélie Labbé | Published: 11 Dec 2017
The PCC is stepping up enforcement scrutiny

Tensions between China and the US have reached bursting point in a number of areas, and M&A is set to be up next. It's widely expected that Asian buyers will have to better manage their transaction risks – and expectations – when it comes to international targets, as regulators globally increase their focus on security reviews.

In November, the US Congress unveiled legislation to expand the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (Cfius) to review acquisitions of US targets. Proposed reforms to Cfius – which have been plentiful over the years – have been criticised over...