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China opens up the securities investment fund management industry: the first in a journey of ten thousand steps?

On 30 June 2016, the industry self-regulating body, the Asset Management Association of China published what, on the face of it, appeared to be a fairly innocuous document entitled Questions and Answers regarding the...more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

VIE Validity Still Unsure - It may be premature to conclude that the decision of China’s Supreme People’s Court in last year’s...

A 2016 judgment (the “Judgment”) made by the Supreme People’s Court of China (the “Supreme Court”) was believed by some scholars and practitioners to confirm judicial recognition of the VIE structure. We believe the Supreme...more

Morocco back home; the Moroccan flag flies high in front of the African Union

We continue our Africa Stand Up series with a short piece on what has to be the unsung giant impacting Sub-Saharan Africa. On 13 March 2017, the Moroccan flag was officially raised in a ceremony at the African Union (AU)...more

CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The shift to non-core infrastructure-who’s investing where?

HEADLINES -   - Between 2010 and 2016, more than half (53 per cent) of all non-core infrastructure investment was made by infrastructure funds - In value terms, transport (41 per cent) and power (28 per cent)...more

Rules of the (International) Road

Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally, some issues you must consider as you contemplate international...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Practical Steps for International Business Under the Trump Administration

President Trump’s successive executive orders restricting immigration caught many people off guard, and many businesses had to scramble to react. But we propose that predicting the future is not as challenging under the new...more

German Corporate Law Update: Important Changes in Acquisitions and Investments

For companies interested in investing in, purchasing or selling German companies, here are several recent developments related to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, M&A, Employment and Tax law that are helpful to keep in mind....more

THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of...more

China-Hong Kong Bond Connect on its way!

China has announced the launch of a new initiative that is likely to liberalize the process for foreign investors to invest in the China bond market. As the third largest bond market in the world, this could be a significant...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Foreign Investment Under the Trump Administration

CFIUS has the power to unwind your M&A deal. That power will likely expand. That is the headline. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews acquisitions by foreign parties of “critical...more

German Corporate Newsletter - March 2017

For companies interested in investing in, purchasing or selling German companies, here are several recent developments related to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, M&A, Employment and Tax law that are helpful to keep in mind....more

NDRC’s Briefing Meeting on Increased Openness to Foreign Investment

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a meeting on March 13, 2017, with the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Deputy Director General LIU Hongkuan (Mr. Liu) and...more

“Reciprocity Rules” – Germany, France and Italy Initiate Debate About EU-Wide Restrictions on Foreign Investment and Access to...

The ministers of economy for three European Union (EU) and Eurozone members—Germany, France and Italy—in a joint proposal addressed to the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström are putting “proposals for ensuring an...more

BloggeRS: Eva Lai ‘Proposal for New Chinese Investment Rules – Is UK Property Investment Still Attractive?’

Reports suggest that China proposes to impose greater monitoring of large outbound investments and potentially block state-owned enterprises from purchasing overseas property with a value of more than US$1bn in a single...more

The rise of the shopping center in Kenya

Kenya has seen a surge in the number of shopping centers being built recently, with Nairobi—the economic hub of the country— hosting most of them. These shopping centers are largely catering for a growing Kenyan middle class...more

Congress Considering CFIUS Reforms to Combat China’s Increased Investment in the U.S.

Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner indicate that Senate leaders from both parties are working to craft legislation that would reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

CFIUS Effectively Blocks German Acquisition of U.S. Technology Company

Cree Inc. (“Cree”), the U.S.-based LED lighting and semiconductor company, announced last month that it is terminating its agreement to sell its Wolfspeed Power & RF division (“Wolfspeed”) to Infineon Technologies AG of...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

The election of President Trump contained more than a few positive signs for Private Equity (PE) firms. Promises of a lower corporate tax environment, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

New mining regulations: back to the past

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia on 11 January 2017 issued new mining regulations regulating (i) ‘new’ share divestment requirements for foreign investment companies holding an IUP or IUPK; and (ii) new export...more

Seeking to Restrict Chinese Investment in the U.S., Congress Considering CFIUS Reforms

Lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are examining ways to restrict Chinese investment in the United States by reforming national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

Introduction To US Benefit Corporations: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible...

As discussed in Part I of this series, business owners are increasingly choosing to pursue the B-corporation form to combine their companies’ for-profit and public benefit purposes. B Lab, the independent non-profit that...more

Introduction of EB-6, Parole for International Entrepreneurs

What is EB-6? On January 17, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) formally released the final rule to allow International Entrepreneurs to legally remain and work in the United States in a...more

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