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The UK’s National Security and Investment Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and is expected to “commence” at the end of 2021, with retrospective application to transactions occurring since 12 November 2020. The Act provides the UK Government with the statutory power to review and potentially block or unwind M&A transactions based on national security. Investments over 25% in businesses within 17 specified sensitive sectors will be void unless notified and approved. The Secretary of State will have broad powers to review other transactions posing a national security concern for up to 5 years after closing, while parties to those transactions will have the right to make a voluntary notification (reducing the period within which the transactions may be reviewed to 6 months).