The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act and its Potential Repercussions

U.S. capital markets are beginning to experience the effects of the passage of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (HFCAA). Amid continuing tensions between the United States and China, then-President Trump signed the HFCAA into law on December 18, 2020. The HFCAA was introduced in the United States Senate on March 28, 2019 by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The HFCAA passed the Senate by unanimous consent on May 20, 2020. That same day, Representative Bradley Sherman (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the United States House of Representatives. Subsequently, the HFCAA unanimously passed the House, without amendment, on December 2, 2020.

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