Foreign takeovers have triggered increasing vigilance of host governments, as foreign ownership is likely to be deemed a potential threat to local employment, strategic assets, economic network, hightech competitiveness, and national security. Consequently, various countries have imposed different degrees of restriction on foreign investors. The disparity that lies in the national rules regarding foreign takeovers implies that while companies in some countries are well shielded against foreign buyers, the policy toolkits available to protect local companies are likely to remain empty in other countries. Hence, recent years have witnessed an escalating increase in calls for a more reciprocal environment for crossborder takeovers. Against this background, this book aims to investigate how national legislative designs react to the foreign takeoverrelated concerns in China and the Netherlands and accordingly propose several recommendations that may contribute to promoting a level playing field.
As a timely refection upon the increasingly protectionist national markets, this book will be interesting and inspiring for practitioners, academics, and policymakers in China, the EU and even beyond.