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President Trump Blocks $1.3 billion Sale of Lattice Semiconductor to China-backed Buyer

Citing national security concerns, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Sept. 13, 2017, blocking the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Portland, Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge Investments, a Chinese-owned investment fund based in California.  The move comes as foreign investment transactions, particularly those with a China nexus, are subject to increasingly intense … Continue Reading

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Maintains Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Foreign Investment in the United States

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) maintains mandatory reporting requirements for foreign investment into the United States via its Form BE-13 for most transactions in which a non-U.S. entity (1) acquires an ownership interest in a U.S. entity or real estate; or (2) establishes a new U.S. business enterprise in the … Continue Reading

U.S. Authorizes Transactions with Certain Belarusian Entities

Effective Oct. 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Belarus-related General License authorizing U.S. persons to engage in all previously prohibited transactions with certain Belarusian entities despite OFAC’s sanctions against certain targeted individuals and entities in Belarus. The General License, however, contains a reporting obligation that … Continue Reading

Franchising in Cuba – The Next Frontier?

On Jan. 16, 2015, following an announcement made by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014 of a plan to ease the U.S. trade embargo and restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (the Commerce Department) and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign … Continue Reading

The US-EAC Cooperation Agreement and Expanded Opportunities in Africa

The following post was originally published on Greenberg Traurig’s Doing Business in Africa blog, which includes a number of posts about the investment potential and pitfalls awaiting those who are interested in doing business in Africa. The United States and the East African Community (EAC), a regional trade bloc, recently signed theU.S.-EAC Cooperation Agreement, which … Continue Reading
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