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As tensions continue to escalate between the United States and North Korea, and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un trade increasingly tense lobs, the United Nations, the EU, the United States, and other countries continue to impose further stringent sanctions against North Korea to a breaking point (for details on UN Security Council Resolution 2375 and the US’s new sanctions, see our previous advisory). In our most recent advisory, we provide an overview…
During a November 8 press conference announcing the introduction of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”) while President Trump met with President Xi Jinping in China, co-sponsor and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) summed up the impetus for the bipartisan, bicameral bill in five words: “China is eating our lunch.” In the decade since Congress last passed reforms governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and its procedures…
On October 30, 2017, Brian Egan and Alexis Early were featured on Steptoe’s Cyberlaw Podcast to discuss the possible introduction of CFIUS reform legislation.  They discuss the rumored provisions in Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act and what it means for US sellers and foreign buyers.…
The House of Representatives was the scene of a flurry of sanctions-related activity this week, as the lower chamber passed new sanctions measures related to North Korea, Iran, and Hizballah. The bipartisan consensus on sanctions policy in the House continued, with three of the bills passing by unanimous voice vote and the other two bills being opposed by only two lawmakers apiece. The Senate has been keeping pace, with hearings on the situation in Myanmar…
The Trump administration is making significant changes to longstanding trade policies. Among the flashpoints is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), responsible for national security reviews of certain inbound foreign investments.  Since President Trump assumed office, the Committee has taken an increasingly critical eye to many transactions, scuttling an increasing number of deals and recommending that the president take action to block the Lattice Semiconductor/Canyon Bridge deal. Given this period of…
The European Commission issued on September 13th 2017 a Proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework on the screening of foreign direct investments (FDI) into the EU. The objective of this proposal is two-fold: pushing third countries to open their domestic markets to EU investments, and protecting EU assets against foreign takeovers detrimental to the essential interests of the EU or of its Member States.  The Commission proposes to achieve this by introducing information…
Recent joint activity by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including joint actions against Venezuela and North Korea, suggest that the two Treasury agencies are increasing coordination to tackle financial and other crimes. On September 20, 2017, FinCEN issued an advisory which detailed widespread corruption in Venezuela, noting that OFAC has designated a number of Venezuelan public officials for public corruption and narcotics trafficking, including President Nicolas
As many CFIUS-watchers were expecting, the President has just blocked the Lattice Semiconductor/Canyon Bridge deal.  CFIUS recommended that the President take this action because of national security concerns, and no President has refused to follow such a blocking recommendation by CFIUS. In most cases, where CFIUS has made such a recommendation, the parties have abandoned the deal rather than waiting for the President to act.  This is only the fourth time that parties to a…
On July 27, the Senate passed 98-2 the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (HR 3364), which previously passed the House 419-3 on July 25, setting up  a showdown with President Trump. This bill is an omnibus of three separate sanctions measures: the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (“CIDAA”), the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act (“CRIEEA”), and the North Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (“NKIMSA”).  Together, they make…
President Trump’s recent exasperated tweet at China – suggesting China is not doing enough to stop North Korea’s nuclear efforts and rogue behavior – was followed last week by financial sanctions on Chinese supporters of North Korea.  On June 29, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) placed on its list of Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”) two Chinese nationals and one Chinese-North Korean transport company.  In addition, Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”)…