The latest proposed amendments to the Investment Law 2014 submitted to the National Assembly in June 2019 include the following points, among others:
· The Investment Law will not apply to PPP projects which will be subject to a separate law.
· Investment conditions are not separated into two groups (1) operational conditions which apply to the operation of an investment project and (2) market access conditions which apply to foreign investors who wish to invest in sectors/industry which have market access restrictions.
· The proposed definition of foreign-controlled enterprises is removed (http://tinyurl.com/y2nl4ork). Accordingly, the regime regarding deemed foreign-invested enterprises under the Investment Law2014 remains unchanged. This should be a major relief for transactions which have relied on existing definitions of deemed foreign-invested enterprises.
· A foreign investor which incorporates a “start-up innovative” enterprise will not need to obtain an Investment Registration Certificate.
· Foreign investors investing in public companies or securities companies under the Securities Law are not subject to the investment conditions and investment procedures under the Investment Law 2014.
· Outbound investments by Vietnamese investors are now subject to more restrictions. The draft amendments include sectors where outbound investments are prohibited or subject to conditions (including financial services, securities, real estates and technologies).