The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (“CFIUS”) is a congressionally mandated, Executive branch committee that reviews cross-border investments to assess whether the transaction affects US national security interests.
CFIUS evaluates transactions between Japan and the US from a national security perspective and has the authority to block or restructure such transactions. Recently, this process of review by CFIUS has come under scrutiny and attack. In response, Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”). During congressional hearings, various witnesses attributed US technological leadership to a strong industrial base, which provides for US economic security and which, in turn, produces the innovation needed to support the national security -- what we refer to as the “Trump Doctrine.”
This presentation will focus on the manner in which CFIUS conducts its reviews in the current landscape, the impact of the Trump Doctrine on the CFIUS review process and new legislative changes. Because these regulatory issues continue to have a major impact on transactions between Japan and the US, in particular those involving strategically important technologies, we believe that this topic is timely, relevant and essential for anyone engaged in international business and foreign investments.
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Frank Packard, Chair
Christopher Wells, Jenifer Rogers, Pieter Franken, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Alternative Investment Committee
C. Christian Jacobson, Chair
Catherine O'Connell, Nels Hansen, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Legal Services Committee
Mari Matthews, Chair
Mark Davidson, Yoshitaka Sugihara, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Government Relations Committee
David Case, Chair
Aiko Okada, Jonathan P. Hobbs, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Intellectual Property Committee
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