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Congress Introduces Bill to Expand CFIUS’s Review Authority

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced identical bills in the House and Senate on Wednesday to broaden the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”), an...more

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

Long-awaited CFIUS reform legislation introduced in U.S. Congress

by Hogan Lovells on

This client alert updates readers on the introduction of legislation in the US Congress that, if enacted, would result in significant changes to CFIUS, the U.S. government interagency committee that conducts national security...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — China (Updated)

by White & Case LLP on

China is attempting to implement a more structured and comprehensive system to keep a closer eye on economic deals that might have security implications - A ministerial review panel established by China's Ministry of...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

Can Overseas Bidders Guard Against M&A Risks in An Increasingly Economically Nationalist Europe?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Growing economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A across Europe, as governments and regulators take an increasing interest in “foreign” acquisitions of nationally important companies. Deal teams have previously...more

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

by WilmerHale on

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment (“FDI”) in the European Union (the “Proposal” or “Proposed Regulation”). The...more

CFIUS, POTUS Block Chinese Acquisition of U.S. Semi-conductor Maker

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

More Acquisitions May Be Blocked in the Future - Last month, asserting national security concerns, President Trump blocked a $1.3 billion acquisition of Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor by a subsidiary of the Canyon...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

Chinese Acquisitions in the EU: The Climate Is Getting Rougher

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In response to a significant increase in acquisitions of companies in the EU by Chinese buyers in recent years, the foreign (i.e., non-EU) investment review legal framework in the EU is currently undergoing a change towards...more

Looking Beyond the Recent CFIUS Annual Report

by Jones Day on

The Situation: CFIUS recently released its annual report to Congress regarding transactions reviewed by CFIUS during 2015, as well as limited information regarding transactions reviewed during 2016....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

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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...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

10 Takeaways From the CFIUS Annual Report to Congress

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Calendar Year 2015 CFIUS Report reflects review of transactions for national security risks is generally taking longer, with Chinese investors leading all others. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Your Voice Is Heard – Controversial Clause Deleted From China’s New Domain Name Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

On 24 August 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT“) issued the final version of the Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“New Domain Name Rules“). These new Rules will come...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

CFIUS Annual Report Highlights Period of Increased Scrutiny for Foreign Investments

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2015, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews of foreign investments, maintained a heavy case load, reviewing 143...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

Alert: M&A Lessons Learned from the Blocked Chinese Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice), a US computer chip manufacturer, by a Chinese investor. The president's order blocking the...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

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