The Big Picture: Overseas Investment - new wave of reforms set the tone for the next decade

Thursday 30 January 2020

Authors: Glenn Shewan, Andrew Petersen, Gabrielle Carter and Charles Partridge

​​​​​​​​​​​​A second wave of reform to overseas investment rules is set to usher in a new age for overseas investment, rounding out the most significant overhaul of the Overseas Investment Act in 15 years. 

While the government signalled this further reform in late 2018, a Cabinet paper released in the closing weeks of last year set out in detail what investors can expect from the regime over the next decade.

Key changes include the implementation of a national interest test that will bring the Act into line with jurisdictions overseas and the simplification of the entire assessment process, including removing low risk transactions from the regime for which screening is unnecessary. 

On the whole, the changes will be welcomed by the business community. They address some of the most long-standing and fundamental concerns about the current regime, which have made it a global outlier in terms of complexity and consent timeframes. 

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  • Glenn Shewan

    Partner Auckland
  • Andrew Petersen

    Partner Auckland
  • Anna Buchly

    Partner Auckland
  • David Coull

    Partner Wellington
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