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Proposed Bill to Assess Chinese Acquisitions of US Financial Services Company and Temporarily Halt Pending Acquisitions

On November 2, 2017, Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ), introduced a bill that would “authorize a review of financial services industry requirements of the People’s Republic of China and the implications of such requirements on national security interests of the United States.” (H.R. 4235, 115th Congress, Nov. 2, 2017).  The bill would require the Secretary of … Continue Reading

NAFTA Modernization Talks – Round One Completed; Next Stop, Mexico

The first round of 5-day negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) concluded on August 20. In a joint statement released by trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada, they restated the commitment to updating the deal, continuing domestic consultations, and working on draft text. They also committed to a … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Lifts Sanctions on Sudan

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will publish in the Federal Register a far-reaching amendment to its Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), 31 CFR Part 538. While styled as a “general license,” the amendment will have the practical effect of terminating the embargo of Sudan that the US … Continue Reading

CFIUS Clearance: Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group and Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.

Status:  Clearance   Acquirer:  Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group (China) Acquired:  Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.  (US) Value:  Unknown Industry:  Financial Services   UPDATE:  On December 14, 2016, Reuters reported that the Chicago Stock Exchange confirmed that CFIUS had cleared the proposed investment by the Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group. (See Reuters, Exclusive: U.S. security panel clears Chinese … Continue Reading

Pending CFIUS Clearance: Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group and Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.

Status: Pending Clearance   Acquirer: Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group (China) Acquired: Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (US) Value: Unknown Industry: Financial Services   On February 5, 2016, The Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CHX”) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Chongqing, China based Chongqing Casin Enterprise … Continue Reading

What Does a Trump Trade Agenda Look Like? Here is Our Take

Likely Major Policy Developments   President-Elect Trump will enter the White House facing a dramatic decline in global trade growth. A recent World Trade Organization (WTO) report notes that 2016 marks the slowest pace of trade and output growth since the 2008 financial crisis. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called slowing trade growth “a wake-up call,” … Continue Reading

Trade Talk: Week in Review (6-11 September 2016)

JASTA – Bill Sent to President.  The House voted by voice vote last Friday to advance the Senate-passed JASTA measure to President Obama’s desk for signature into law. Congress acted on a measure that many believe is long-overdue for the victims of the 9/11 attack just ahead of Sunday’s 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack.  … Continue Reading
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