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CFIUS: President-elect Trump’s Potential Big Stick for China and Foreign Trade

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump adopted a contentious approach towards foreign trade, focusing on Chinese “theft of American trade secrets” and suggesting, at times, potential isolationism for U.S. businesses....more

Alert: Antitrust 2017: Trends and Developments to Watch

1. Transition to a Trump Administration is top of the agenda - President-elect Donald Trump's DOJ and FTC transition team appointments and public short list of candidates to run the agencies indicate that antitrust...more

The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction

Among the various challenges facing stakeholders in cross-border M&A deals is a potential national security review of the transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the possibility of...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

Mapping the shoals: Canada clarifies potential national security concerns about foreign investments

On December 19, 2016, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development issued guidelines (Guidelines) on the national security review process under the Investment Canada Act (ICA)1. The Guidelines...more

CFIUS’ Global Reach – Users of U.S. Controlled Technology Beware

The U.S. government, and we mean the pre-Trump administration at that, has blocked an acquisition of a foreign company by another foreign company. The concern is that the target company has a U.S. presence and has access to...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2017

Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: Corporate strategy: Oversee the development of the corporate strategy in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world economy with new and more...more

Foundation: December 2016 • Vol. IV , Issue 3

We are pleased to present our last edition of Foundation for the year, and hope that you have enjoyed the issues we have put together in 2016. We have worked hard to provide you with timely and relevant articles in a...more

Following CFIUS Recommendation, President Obama Blocks Chinese Acquisition of US-German Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer

President Obama issued an executive order on December 2, 2016 blocking the sale of the U.S. business of Aixtron SE (“Aixtron”), a German semiconductor manufacturer, to a German subsidiary of a Chinese fund, Fujian Grand Chip...more

Six Crucial Points About the Prohibition on Chinese Investors' Acquisition of U.S. Aixtron Operations

On December 2, President Obama, acting under the Exon-Florio law, blocked the planned acquisition by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP ("Fujian Grand Chip"), a Chinese investment fund, of the U.S. operations of...more

President Applies Authority under CFIUS to Prohibit Acquisition of the U.S. Business of A German Technology Company by A...

As we discussed in a recent alert, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of Aixtron GE, a German-based technology company, by Grand Chip...more

Congress Urged to Block Certain Chinese Investments in the U.S.

On November 16, 2016, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) issued its 2016 Annual Report to Congress, which included 20 recommendations on Congressional action to be used for assessing progress and...more

Even Merging Parties Found Largely Overseas May be Subject to the Broad Reach of CFIUS Jurisdiction

According to a press release issued on November 21, 2016, the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) refused to approve the proposed $710 million acquisition of technology company Aixtron GE of Germany...more

Chinese Investment in the United States – Prospects for the Trump Presidency

An important thing for people interested in U.S.-China commercial and financial relations to consider in connection with Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election on November 8, 2016 is that no one can know with...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — United States

Deals are generally approved, but a wide range of mitigation conditions may be imposed that can have a significant impact. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which is led by the US...more

Reducing M&A risks related to national security reviews

As national security reviews grow in impact, investors need to be mindful of potential adverse consequences resulting from such reviews International M&A deal advisors are acutely aware of the growing impact of national...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

New UK Foreign Investment Controls May Restrict PE Deals

As part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s new industrial strategy, private equity deal teams should expect a more interventionist approach to the acquisition of strategically important UK businesses by foreign buyers. The UK...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

Reported Clearance of ChemChina’s $43 Billion Deal for Syngenta Underscores Need for Chinese Companies to Take a Proactive...

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews transactions for potential national-security issues, has reportedly cleared state-owned China National Chemical Corp.’s (ChemChina) planned $43...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume IX –...

Last month, we discussed the extent to which a foreign buyer can introduce an unacceptable level of foreign ownership, control, or influence (“FOCI”) that, absent mitigation, will render the target ineligible for the facility...more

International News: Focus on International M&A

The Impact of The EU General Data Protection Regulation - The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 May 2016 following the compromise...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume VIII – Foreign...

Not every potential buyer is a U.S. corporation controlled by U.S. interests. It is important, both for the buyer and the seller, to understand the implications of foreign ownership, control, or influence (“FOCI”) on the...more

$6 Billion Chinese Acquisition Bid Submitted for CFIUS Review Serves as a Wake-Up Call for Companies to Evaluate and Mitigate...

In late July 2016, U.S. technology distributor Ingram Micro, Inc. (Ingram) announced that it would submit its pending $6 billion acquisition by Chinese shipping company Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. to the Committee on...more

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