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In a provocative demonstration that it scrutinizes all types of transactions, no matter their origin, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) has reportedly been vetting the proposed $1 billion sale of bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital’s assets to Binance.

January 30, 2023
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In a development that highlights current U.S. Government foreign investment priorities, Borqs Technologies Inc. (“Borqs”), a China-based corporation, announced on December 19, 2022, that a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) is leading Borqs to divest its investment in Holu Hou Energy LLC (“HHE”), a U.S. energy storage system company.

December 27, 2022
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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”) recently submitted its Annual Report to Congress for calendar year 2021 (“Annual Report”). The report summarized the Committee’s activity in calendar year 2021.

V&E CFIUS Update

October 12, 2022
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On June 17, 2022, TikTok Inc. (“TikTok”) reportedly completed the migration of its U.S. users’ information to servers at Oracle Corporation (“Oracle”) in a move that bars access by Chinese parent company ByteDance.

June 24, 2022
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In addition to its other responsibilities, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) reviews certain transactions involving U.S. companies that store or collect sensitive personal information about citizens that may pose a threat to national security.

May 11, 2022
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Pursuant to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) now has authority to review non-controlling foreign investments in certain types of U.S. businesses that are involved with sensitive personal data of U.S. citizens, critical technology, or critical infrastructure.

May 2, 2022
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In addition to the recent, highly publicized regulatory actions due to the conflict in Ukraine, the United States government has been steadily turning up the heat on sanctions and export controls targeting Russia for years.

April 21, 2022
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As part of its “modernization” effort, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a set of new regulations that will streamline the process of reviewing certain foreign investment transactions and expand the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”)

April 11, 2022
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If you thought national security issues were only for the likes of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, you could be wrong. Every year, hundreds of mergers and acquisitions undergo review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS. Washington D.C. Counsel and business litigator Crystal Stapley interviews one of Vinson & Elkins’ newest partners and National Security practitioner Rick Sofield about the CFIUS process.

March 16, 2022
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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) earlier this month released a fact sheet announcing updates on excepted foreign states determinations, including the addition of New Zealand to CFIUS’s excepted foreign states list, effective as of January 6, 2022.

V&E CFIUS Update

January 31, 2022
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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) has proposed a new rule which extends, for an additional year, the date by which CFIUS will make a determination regarding which countries will be exempt from certain CFIUS filing requirements as “excepted foreign states” or “excepted real estate foreign states.”

V&E CFIUS Update

December 7, 2021
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On October 5, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a final rule formally expanding its controls over the export of biotechnology software.

November 11, 2021