Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 11/2012

Much ado about nothing? State-controlled entities and the change in German investment law

Thomas Jost

June 2012

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Despite a tightening of German foreign investment law in 2009 in reaction to the growing importance of state controlled entities and national security concerns, Germany has remained open for FDI. So far German authorities have handled the new law carefully. But, was the change necessary?