Fried Frank Discusses Trump Administration’s Trade Pressure on China and Russia

Throughout December 2020, the Trump administration continued its focus on China and Russia and imposed additional export and investment controls. On December 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and create a new Military End User List (MEU List). A license from BIS is required for exports, reexports, or in-country transfers to persons on the MEU List for certain designated items. On December 18, 2020, BIS added 77 entries to the Entity List, most of which are Chinese entities. These actions follow the … Read more

Fried Frank explains FinCEN’s Proposed Rule Subjecting Investment Advisers to AML Compliance Requirements

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

Fried Frank discusses Annual Report from CFIUS to Congress – Data Highlight Extent of CFIUS’ Reach

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”).[1] 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