On April 11, the U.S. Treasury Department promulgated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) amending the regulations that govern the operations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to increase penalties on offenders, expand CFIUS authority to request information, and tighten the time frame parties have to respond to drafts of mitigation agreement terms. CFIUS is the U.S. government’s interagency body that reviews potential national security concerns resulting from foreign investments in and acquisitions of U.S. businesses.Continue Reading CFIUS Update: Larger Penalties, Sharper Monitoring

On October 20, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) released new, non-binding Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines (Guidelines). The Guidelines follow upon last month’s Executive Order linking CFIUS reviews directly to the president’s national security prerogatives. In particular, the Guidelines detail the following:

  • Categories of conduct that constitute violations.
  • Sources of information CFIUS relies upon to determine whether a violation has occurred.
  • The process for developing and imposing penalties.
  • Aggravating and mitigating factors that CFIUS evaluates when deciding whether to impose a penalty.

Continue Reading New CFIUS Guidelines Reflect Shift in Enforcement Posture

On September 15, President Biden announced the issuance of Executive Order (EO) 14083 to sharpen the focus of inbound investment screening by more formally tying the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the Committee) to the president’s national security prerogatives. For the first time since the Committee was established in 1975, the EO provides formal presidential direction delineating five specific factors for the Committee to consider when reviewing foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.
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CFIUS & the Government Shutdown - Bloomberg LawI commented about the impact the government shutdown is having on deals that require review and approval by the Committee on Foreign investment in the United States (CFIUS).  CFIUS is the interagency committee authorized to review transactions involving foreign investment in the United States to determine the effect of such transactions on national security.


I recently provided insight for a Bloomberg Law article on the new interim rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). The interim rules, which went into effect on November 10, broaden the authority of the Committee of Foreign Investment of the United States (CFIUS) – an interagency committee that reviews foreign investments

In an article published in the November 2018 issue of the ACC Docket, I co-authored an article with Elliot Burger, senior legal counsel at Linamar Corporation in Ontario, Canada discuss the expanding role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  CFIUS is the U.S. government committee that reviews transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person in order to determine whether the transaction could harm U.S. national security.
Continue Reading Foreign Acquisition of U.S. Assets: Aggressive Actions Likely to Continue

  • Mandatory declarations of certain transactions now required
  • Certain changes to pre-existing regulations also announced and effective immediately
  • Mandatory declaration requirement may not ease burden on parties filing with CFIUS

On October 11, the U.S. Treasury Department took the first steps to implement the significant changes introduced under the Foreign Industrial Review and Risk Modernization Act (FIRRMA). FIRRMA broadens the mandate of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews foreign investments in the United States that could impact U.S. national security.

Most notably, the Treasury Department is establishing a pilot program that imposes new obligations on foreign parties making investments, even non-controlling investments, in U.S. businesses involved in 27 explicitly designated industries. The pilot program defines such investments as “pilot program investments.”Continue Reading CFIUS Pilot Program Creates New Obligations and Challenges

I provided insight on Tesla Inc.’s recent announcement of potential Saudi Arabian funding to take the company private and how this move could draw scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  “The big question is whether this technology is really sensitive enough and whether if acquired by a non-U.S. company it could have some kind of negative impact on U.S. national security,” I explained. I noted that this could be possible since the Trump administration has announced possible tariffs on auto imports for national security reasons.
Continue Reading Potential CFIUS Interest in Tesla Privatization