On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a long-awaited bill that could significantly alter the process by which the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”) reviews foreign investment in the United States.
The proposed Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 (“FIRRMA”) would modernize the CFIUS review and approval process, which has struggled to keep pace with a surge of foreign investment in the United States over the last several years. If passed, the bill would revamp the CFIUS review process and update the regulations to address the national … Read more
While it remains too early to predict with any certainty, both allies and adversaries alike are anxiously scanning statements from the campaign and Trump’s past for any clues as to the policy directions his administration is likely to take. In this update, we offer our initial expectations regarding the impact a Trump Presidency will have on economic sanctions and export controls.
During the presidential campaign, Trump extensively criticized President Obama’s policies with respect to Iran, Russia, and Cuba – all policies in which the imposition or the easing of sanctions have played a key part. Though it is … Read more
The use of digital currencies, like Bitcoin, is becoming widespread. To date, much of the focus on digital currencies has been directed at their potential to substitute for or complement fiat currencies, but the true innovation lies in their underlying infrastructure – the decentralised ledger of transactions called the ‘blockchain’, which could have extensive effects in myriad applications.
By way of background, Bitcoin’s system is decentralised – no central authority tracks, approves or secures transactions on the Bitcoin network. To achieve security and usability, Bitcoin’s database (the Bitcoin blockchain) utilises cryptography. The Bitcoin blockchain is a publicly viewable ledger that … Read more
The pace of regulation and enforcement actions relating to virtual currencies has continued to pick up during the fall of 2014. We discuss below the following recent developments: (1) updated guidance from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network on the applicability of rules regarding licensed money transmitters; (2) proposed rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that could implicate bitcoin debit cards and other prepaid accounts; (3) the role of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in regulating virtual currencies; (4) the potential consequences of Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements for foreign accounts; (5) the State of New York’s proposed “BitLicense” regulatory … Read more