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8Legislation on foreign investment and exchange control

Deregulation is the dominant feature in exchange control and foreign investment matters.

As a general rule, a foreign investor can invest freely in Spain without having to obtain any type of authorization or prior notification. The investor only needs to report the investment, once it has been made, within a maximum term of one month, to the Directorate-General for International Trade and Investments of the Secretary of State for Trade purely for administrative, statistical or economic purposes.

Exchange control and capital movements are fully deregulated in Spain, there being complete freedom of action in this field in all areas.