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With global foreign investment scrutiny on the rise, not least in the current COVID-19 environment, staying fully informed and ahead of the curve has never been more important.

For the latest developments and updates, please visit our new Foreign Investment and National Security blog (see here). This blog will keep users up-to-date in respect of global foreign investment review and national security trends and issues, informing you about the legal and business risks impacting your next transaction.

FIRE is a Baker McKenzie bespoke analysis tool that answers 51 detailed questions on foreign investment review regimes across 26 key jurisdictions. It is updated in real time and provides depth and legal certainty for companies.

FIRE is an automated database. Users can instantly filter the analysis by the countries and pertinent questions relevant to their deal, identifying areas for targeted follow-up, saving many hours and preventing the need to go to local counsel in every jurisdiction.

Capturing Baker McKenzie’s global field experience around enforcement practice, FIRE provides a comprehensive regulatory road map that you can feed promptly into your corporate strategy. For more information, please click here to access the FIRE tool.


Rod Hunter is a partner based in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie. He previously served as senior director for international economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates international trade policy and supervises national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases, coordinating the administration’s legislative, communications, and diplomatic outreach in particular cases, and developing the government’s procedures for incorporating intelligence agencies’ assessments. He also served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization. Prior to joining the Firm, Rod served as Senior Vice President, International Affairs, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led the industry’s international policy agenda, and as Vice President, European Government Programs, at the IBM. Earlier, he practiced regulatory law in Brussels, Belgium for a decade, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Boyce F. Martin, US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served as an associate to Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason, High Court of Australia.