Increased Foreign Investments in U.S. Banks


Will CFIUS reviews and potential investigations become another regulatory step in bank acquisitions?

One by-product of the international credit and liquidity crisis, which emanated from U.S. lending and funding practices, is increased political attention to foreign investments in U.S. banks. Foreign interest in U.S. bank investments from certain countries flush with liquidity and concentrated wealth can be expected to increase as U.S. banks seek to replenish capital and the dollar remains weak. This week the Senate Banking Committee held hearings on the influence ?Sovereign Wealth Funds? may have through their investments in U.S. financial institutions even though these investments may be accepted as ?non-controlling? by the Federal Reserve.

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