CFIUS Releases 2016 - 2017 Annual Report, Showing Large Increase in Investigations and Abandoned Transactions

CFIUS Releases 2016 - 2017 Annual Report, Showing Large Increase in Investigations and Abandoned Transactions


By: Michael T. Gershberg, Justin A. Schenck, Avani Uppalapati

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 years 2016 and 2017 (“Annual Report”).  The report confirms what was known anecdotally - that there has been a steady increase in the number of CFIUS filings, CFIUS is extending more cases into the investigation period, and more parties are abandoning transactions due to CFIUS objections.

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