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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Here to help you navigate your foreign direct investment 

The investment environment has grown more complex in recent years following multiple adaptions of applicable law. As an attractive investment destination, Germany has one of the most active foreign direct investment (FDI) regimes in Europe.

An analysis of the FDI situation should be part of the structuring of any foreign investment. Foreign investors intending to invest in the German market should consider the delay in closing the transaction and potentially increased compliance costs when planning their investment strategy.

KWM’s German team has significant experience in this area and has acted on various FDI procedures by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in the context of M&A transactions for Chinese investors. We are handling transactions from different industries, so we are familiar not only with the law, but also with the ministry’s current practice.  

Examples our team successfully advised on FIC proceedings include acting for:

  • Weichai Power, the strategic shareholder of KION Group AG, in connection with the capital increase and related rights offering by KION Group AG
  • Beijing Infrastructure Investment (Hong Kong) Limited / RTTE in connection with the acquisition of shares in a German company, an expert for mechanical vehicle engineering and engaged in the field of developing rolling stock vehicles
  • FAWER Automotive Parts Limited Company in connection with its investment in ABC Umformtechnik
  • Shareholders of NVT AG in connection with the sale to Blue Sail Medical Co., Ltd., active in the field of medical devices
  • Chinese investor Visionmax in connection with the acquisition of Hüller Hille
  • Bohai Automotive Systems CO, LTD. / BAIC in connection with the acquisition of 75% of the shares in German company TRIMET Automotive Holding from TRIMET SE 

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