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Harold Vanden Berghe

Harold Vanden Berghe is a senior associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2020. He previously worked for five years in an international law firm.

In June 2022, the governments of Belgium’s nine federated entities agreed on the text of a cooperation agreement implementing a screening mechanism of general application for foreign direct investments into Belgium. The screening mechanism is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2023. The Cooperation Agreement is inspired by EU Regulation 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 establishing a general framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union. Belgium is now set to become the 19th EU Member State with a screening mechanism for foreign direct investments.