Temporary Overseas Investment Office notification regime retained

24 February 2021

The New Zealand Government today announced a further extension of the Emergency Notification Regime in the Overseas Investment Act 2005. 

The regime is aimed at protecting New Zealand's national interests amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It requires overseas investors to notify a wide range of transactions to the Over​seas Investment Office, even where these transactions fall well below the usual thresholds for consent.

​The regime was reviewed today for the third time since it was introduced in June 2020, with the relevant Ministers concluding that the current pandemic justifies it continuing until 25 May 2021 when it will again be reviewed. Once Ministers are satisfied that the notification regime should no longer remain in force, it will be replaced by a narrower national security and public order 'call-in' regime.

If you have any questions about the regime please get in touch with the contacts below, or your usual Bell Gully adviser. ​

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