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Germany Plans to Tighten Rules on Foreign Takeovers

Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing Sees Trading Gains, Warns of Headwinds
Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government plans to bring in new rules to protect German companies from takeovers by entities based outside the European Union.

The bill would enable the government to block deals that present “potential interference” to German interests, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the moment, it can only prevent a takeover if it is seen as posing a security threat.