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Newly-Released CFIUS Annual Report for 2015 Foreshadows Heightened Scrutiny of Foreign Investment

September 21, 2017, Covington Alert

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) this week released its long-awaited Annual Report to Congress regarding foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses reviewed by CFIUS in 2015. The report provides important data that yields insights into the types of transactions the Committee reviewed and the Committee’s treatment of those transactions. Among those insights are, we believe, indications that CFIUS in 2015 perceived a growing risk environment presented by foreign direct investment — a perception that appears to have accelerated more recently, particularly with respect to Chinese investment.

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