New Spanish Foreign-Direct-Investment Regulations
6 July 2023
The Spanish Government has approved new foreign-direct-investment (FDI) regulations. These new Spanish FDI regulations will come into force on 1 September 2023.
The existing screening mechanisms for specific FDIs (“Screening Mechanisms”) have been amended and developed. In this regard:
- the legal term to undergo Screening Mechanisms is reduced from six to three months;
- there is a new exemption regime based on the business activities each target carries out;
- interpretation criteria for specific ambiguous issues are now expressly regulated, provided, however, that the criteria essentially formalise the authorities’ consistent application of existing FDI laws; and
- a new screening framework for Defence FDIs is approved, with new exemptions for investments below 5% and, subject to specific requirements, between 5% and 10% of the target’s share capital.