Breakfast with Blakes

Significant Changes to Canada's Foreign Investment and National Security Review Rules – A Legal and Political Discussion

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

8 – 9:30 a.m. | See schedule below

Little Ship Club, Bell Wharf Lane, The City, London EC4R 3TB
Riverside entrance, accessible via the stairs from Southwark Bridge

Please register by Friday, 12 May 2023

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Event Description

Please join Blakes for breakfast on the Thames to learn about the significant changes to Canada's foreign investment and national security review rules and what they mean for the legal and political climate for investment in Canada.

We are seeing a global clash of political views on the role of foreign investment rules and national security reviews. The proposed changes to the Canadian regulatory regime signal that the Canadian government is inclined to take a harder line on certain types of transactions and investors, while still maintaining a welcoming environment for most foreign investment. Without proper guidance, foreign buyers can see cross-border acquisitions and investments being delayed, restructured or blocked altogether. These changes come at a time when Canada is an increasingly attractive market for foreign investment, particularly given its critical-mineral wealth, stable institutions and broad trade relationships.

Please join us for an informative and timely discussion on these complex issues. We will cover the state of play for Investment Canada Act changes, how to risk-assess Canadian acquisitions and sensitive industries, and how the political climate is likely to shape the government's foreign investment decisions, with insights from a former Trudeau government insider. We will also provide guidance on the best practices for allocating and mitigating risk, structuring investments and getting deals done with regulatory certainty.




8 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:40 a.m.

Panel Discussion

9:30 a.m.

Session Close