On March 1, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) released its National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017 (“Trade Agenda”) describing the President’s trade policy objectives. The Trade Agenda is consistent with President Trump’s campaign promises to fundamentally alter U.S. trade policy by pivoting away from multilateral negotiations and organizations. As a result, companies with any international dealings should closely follow the Trump Administration’s implementation of this significant change of course in U.S. trade policy.
- Key Objectives of the Trade Agenda
The Trade Agenda sets out several customary international trade goals, such as increasing economic growth and job … Read more
On December 2, 2016, President Obama issued an executive order (the “Order”) blocking the proposed acquisition of German semiconductor manufacturer Aixtron SE’s (“Aixtron”) U.S. business (“Aixtron U.S.”) by a group of Chinese investors led by Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP (the “Buyers”). This marks only the second time that a president has blocked a transaction since 2007, when CFIUS’s authority was codified by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (“FINSA”).
In pertinent part, the Order declares that “credible evidence exists” that control of Aixtron U.S. by the Buyers would threaten to impair U.S. … Read more
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has significantly expanded the number of entities and individuals subject to Russia sanctions and separately censured U.S. insurance and financial institution entities for failing to keep current with OFAC’s sanctions list to prevent transactions with sanctioned parties. Economic sanctions continue to evolve as political situations change in the comprehensively sanctioned jurisdictions of Cuba, Crimea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, as well as in countries targeted by more limited but often more complicated sanctions such as those relating to Russia, Burma/Myanmar and many other countries. The recent actions by OFAC … Read more
On August 25, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed a rule that would subject investment advisers that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to certain formal anti-money laundering (AML) compliance program and reporting requirements. The proposed rule seeks to expand the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) definition of financial institutions to cover investment advisers. Currently, the AML compliance rules apply to entities such as banks and broker-dealers, but not to investment advisers and private funds. As a result, the adoption of the proposed rule would have three primary effects, requiring investment advisers to: … Read more
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), a multi-agency U.S. regulatory body empowered to review transactions involving a foreign person and a U.S. business that may affect U.S. national security, recently delivered its unclassified Annual Report to Congress for the calendar year 2013 (“Annual Report”). In accordance with the legal prohibition against public disclosure of such information, the Annual Report contains no information with respect to specific transactions. Nonetheless, it remains a remarkable window into the reach and operation of CFIUS, and its impact on transactions involving U.S. businesses.
As in previous years, and as required … Read more