CFIUS Clearance: Clairvest Group and O&M Business of First Solar

Status:  Clearance

Acquirer:  Clairvest Group Inc. (Canada)

Acquired:  O&M business of First Solar, Inc. (US)

Value:  US$213 million

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Blue Lantern Report for FY2020 – The End-Use Monitoring of Defense Articles and Defense Services Program

The Blue Lantern program “monitors the end-use of defense articles, technical data, defense services, and brokering activities exported through commercial channels and subject to [DOS] licenses or other approvals.” On July 6, the Department of State (DOS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published a Congressional report on End-Use Monitoring of Defense Articles and Defense Services for FY 2020. Continue Reading

Golden Sentry Program Report for FY2020 – Government-to-Government End-Use Monitoring of Defense Articles and Defense Services

Global SecurityThe Golden Sentry Program monitors government-to-government transfers to ensure defense articles and services provided to foreign governments by the U.S. are being used in accordance with the transfer agreements. The program’s goals are to (1) minimize security risks to the U.S. and its allies; and (2) ensure compliance with the U.S. technology control requirements. Continue Reading

BIS Changes Jurisdiction for 3D-Printed Munitions

3D PrinterOn June 1, 2021, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notification regarding a transfer of jurisdiction of certain software and technology involved in the manufacturing, exporting, importing, or brokering of defense services created with 3D-printing technology.  Continue Reading

OFAC Sanctions Update – June 2021

Sanction, toned photoHere is a recap of recent actions by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) from June 2021. Continue Reading

Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: GIC Pte. Ltd. and Biomat USA

Status:  Upcoming/New Filing

CellsAcquirer:  GIC Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Acquired:  Biomat USA, Inc. (U.S.)

Value:  US$1 billion

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US ITAR Export Control Workshop in the UK – September 20-22, 2021

Draped United States flag next to British flagFor the past 13 years, we have jointly hosted a successful annual workshop series on US export controls regulations with EGADD. In celebration of its 14th anniversary, this September’s workshop will take place immediately after DSEI 2021. This year’s event will also be organized in close partnership with BAE Systems, a major, multinational company that has considerable practical experience in dealing with the challenges arising from ITAR and EAR compliance.


Workshop registration is ongoing. Register by July 1, 2021 for early bird benefits on the three-day package. See below for additional details.

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China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law

On June 10, 2021, the People’s Republic of China adopted the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law (the “Law”). The main purpose of the Law is to provide a legal basis for China to adopt retaliatory measures against any so-called “discriminatorily restrictive measures” that may be imposed by foreign countries against Chinese organizations and citizens (the “Foreign Sanctions”). Continue Reading

Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Argo Infrastructure Partners and MIC Hawaii business of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation

Status:  Upcoming/New Filing

gas pipe line that laid through green fieldAcquirer:  Argo Infrastructure Partners, LP (U.S.)

Acquired:  MIC Hawaii business of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (U.S.)

Value:  US$514 million

Industry:  Energy; Regulated Utilities Continue Reading