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CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

Legislation Proposes Sweeping New Foreign Investment Review Authorities

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of legislators led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., alongside co-sponsors including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced parallel...more

President Trump Blocks Sale of U.S. Company to Chinese Buyers Under CFIUS

by Williams Mullen on

On September 13, 2017 President Trump ordered that the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by Chinese purchasers be “prohibited” under CFIUS. While this is the first publically announced blocking of an...more

Braced for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

As negotiations continue, so do business preparations. Change is almost inevitable but the extent, nature and timing is uncertain. How can such change be addressed in one-off transactions (e.g. M&A) and in on-going...more

CFIUS Annual Report Shows Increased Scrutiny, Risk for Foreign Investment

by Reed Smith on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently published a summary of its Annual Report to Congress for the fiscal year 2015 (the 2015 CFIUS Annual Report) reflecting a trend that has become evident...more

CFIUS’s Report and the Year Ahead for Foreign Natural Resource Investment

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) issued a public version of its most recent classified annual report to Congress on covered transactions for CY 2015. CFIUS is the...more

Alert: M&A Guide to CFIUS: How the Review Process Can Impact Your Transaction

by Cooley LLP on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS" or "the Committee") has received much attention over the past several months for its role in blocking two separate Chinese acquisitions of US semiconductor...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - October 2017

by King & Spalding on

NAFTA Renegotiation Status Update: Third Round Of Talks Conclude In Ottawa, Fourth Round Begins In Washington On October 11 The third round of talks on “renegotiation and modernization” of the North American Free Trade...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical diagnostic...more

Trump Administration Signals Hard Stance on Chinese Investment in Technology

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Two recent CFIUS reviews show that the new administration is taking a hard stance on Chinese investment in technology. CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., is an interagency committee that reviews the...more

Red Notice Newsletter - September 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Alere Inc. Agrees to Pay More Than $13 Million to Resolve SEC FCPA Enforcement Action - On September 28, 2017, Alere Inc. (“Alere”), a Massachusetts based manufacturer of medical...more

Latest CFIUS Annual Report Shows Start of Withdraw and Refile Trend

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the unclassified version of its annual report to Congress for transactions notified to CFIUS during calendar year 2015. While the data...more

CFIUS’s 2015 Annual Report and Published 2016 Data Demonstrate Uptick in Review Activity and Scrutiny

On September 19, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the “Committee”) released its annual report (“Report”) to Congress. One day later, CFIUS also released more limited data on foreign...more

CFIUS Publishes 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Statistics Amid More Recent Dynamic CFIUS Environment

by White & Case LLP on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the public version of its Annual Report covering calendar year 2015 along with some statistics regarding filings in calendar year 2016. By...more

President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

by Baker Donelson on

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

Chinese Investments In The United States Remain In CFIUS Crosshairs

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the $1.3 billion acquisition by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a Chinese government-backed private equity fund (“Canyon Bridge”) of Lattice...more

CFIUS Continues to Present an Obstacle to Chinese Acquisitions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking investment firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. (“Canyon”), from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (“Lattice”). President Trump’s...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

CFIUS: President Trump Blocks Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump blocked the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a US chipmaker, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a US-headquartered private equity firm reportedly funded by the Chinese...more

President Prohibits Chinese Investment in U.S. Semiconductor Company Following Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order citing unresolved national security concerns in prohibiting the $1.3 billion acquisition of a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer by a group of investors...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order Blocking Proposed Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor (Lattice) by a Chinese consortium known as Canyon Bridge. Lattice is a semiconductor company primarily manufacturing...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Tech, Trump and tackling the unknown: Key trends for the months ahead

by White & Case LLP on

Dealmakers' ability to adapt to market changes and tackle external challenges will prove crucial in getting deals done. The first six months of 2017 have proven extremely solid, with a string of consumer megadeals and tech...more

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