Germany to limit SWF takeovers to 25% stake

Germany plans to stop foreign takeovers of local companies if deemed a threat to national security by banning any deal that gave overseas investors 25% or more of any company seen as key to German interests.

According to Bloomberg, the measures, proposed by the Economic Ministry to limit acquisitions by sovereign wealth funds, could also block takeovers three months after a sale. The draft law shows that the changes would come into effect during the first half of 2008.

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