On July 28, 2020, the Department of the Treasury issued a final rule formally implementing filing fees for formal notices of transactions submitted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). CFIUS filing fees were previously established in an interim rule on April 29, 2020, and are assessed on a sliding scale between $0 and $300,000, depending on the value of the transaction.

In addition, the final rule also narrows the definition of “principal place of business” applicable in the CFIUS context, which had previously been set out in two interim rules on January 17, 2020. The amended definition is as follows:

“the primary location where an entity’s management directs, controls, or coordinates the entity’s activities, or, in the case of an investment fund, where the fund’s activities are primarily directed, controlled, or coordinated by or on behalf of the general partner, managing member, or equivalent.”

The original definition included the language “where the fund’s activities and investments,” rather than the shortened “where the fund’s activities” which appears in the amended definition. The final rule indicates that the Treasury intends that the world “activities” be inclusive of “investments,” and therefore to capture direction and management of investments made by a fund. The amended definition may impact certain investors’ eligibility for exemption from expanded CFIUS jurisdiction and the mandatory CFIUS filing requirements on the basis of maintaining their “principal place of business” in an exempted foreign state or in the US.

The final rule will take effect on August 27, 2020. Our blog post covering the earlier final and interim rules implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act is available here.

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Ms. Lis has extensive experience advising companies on US laws relating to exports and reexports of commercial goods and technology, defense trade controls and trade sanctions — including licensing, regulatory interpretations, compliance programs and enforcement matters. She also has advised clients on national security reviews of foreign investment administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including CFIUS-related due diligence, risk assessment, and representation before the CFIUS agencies.

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Daniel Andreeff’s practice focuses on US economic and trade sanctions, including those targeting Iran, Russia, Cuba, Syria, and North Korea, export controls, and anti-boycott laws. He represents clients in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and has experience in federal court litigation and congressional investigations. His pro bono practice includes providing sanctions and export control advice to a global humanitarian NGO. * Admitted in New York only. Practice in the District of Columbia is under the supervision of a member of the District of Columbia Bar.