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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) recently promulgated final regulations that modify the scope of the mandatory declaration rules for transactions involving U.S. businesses involved in certain activities related to critical technologies (“Final Mandatory Declaration Regulations”).

As discussed in our memo available
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Our memo delivers key takeaways on the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement about its research into central bank digital currency, along with some useful resources. We also place the Federal Reserve’s recent announcement, in a speech by Governor Lael Brainard, in the overall international context.

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On June 17, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (the “Act”). The Act requires the President to submit to Congress within 180 days a report identifying persons responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and to impose blocking and visa sanctions against
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Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced technical changes to the regulations implementing Treasury-administered economic sanctions on North Korea and new inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties.

1. North Korea Economic Sanctions

On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the Otto Warmbier North Korea
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a proposed rule to impose a filing fee for certain CFIUS transactions. If enacted, the proposed filing fee would raise strategic considerations for parties intending to submit a transaction for CFIUS review. Our visual memo discusses this proposal in greater detail.

 
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On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department promulgated its final regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) to reform the authority and jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The final regulations were released in two parts: one addressing
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On January 10, 2020, President Trump issued Executive order 13902 (“E.O. 13902”) which authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to impose additional sanctions targeting the construction, mining, manufacturing and textiles sectors of the Iranian economy, as well as any other sector of the Iranian economy subsequently specified by the
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