Sullivan & Cromwell discusses President Obama’s Executive Order Authorizing Sanctions for Malicious Cyber Activities

On April 1st, President Obama issued an Executive Order authorizing sanctions against persons found to have engaged in or supported significant malicious cyber activities. Under the order, the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to designate and impose sanctions on individuals and entities that are responsible for or complicit in certain cyber-related activities that pose a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, economic health, or financial stability of the United States. The Executive Order focuses in particular on cyber activities that harm or compromise critical infrastructure, disrupt computers or computer networks, or misappropriate funds, information, or trade secrets. … Read more

Sullivan & Cromwell discusses Shuanghui International’s CFIUS Clearance for its Purchase of Smithfield Foods

Shuanghui International Holdings Limited (“Shuanghui”) and Smithfield Foods, Inc. (“Smithfield”) announced on Friday that the companies have received notice from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) that its national security review of the proposed acquisition by Shuanghui of Smithfield is complete. Although the CFIUS process has concluded, the acquisition, which would be the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese investor to date, remains subject to other conditions to closing, including the approval of Smithfield shareholders.

Shuanghui, a Hong Kong-based company that owns a variety of businesses in the food and logistics sectors, including

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Sullivan & Cromwell discusses SEC Amendments to Private Offerings Rules

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission took action on three proposals relating to private offerings:

  • Adopted final amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act to eliminate the prohibition on general solicitation in offerings conducted under those rules, as mandated by Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act.
  • Adopted final amendments to Rule 506 to disqualify certain felons and other “bad actors” from participating in offerings under the Rule, as mandated by Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Proposed additional amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156 under the Securities

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