The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed motions in federal court seeking a pause in litigation involving TikTok and WeChat until the new administration of President Joseph Biden has time to consider former President Trump’s August 6, 2020 Executive Orders declaring that these Chinese social media apps are a national security threat and prohibiting certain

In a February 5, 2021 order, after months of delay, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) is proceeding in the China Section 301 tariff refund litigation with the appointment of a three-judge panel consisting of Judge Mark A. Barnett, Judge Claire R. Kelly and Judge Jennifer Choe-Groves. This is the CIT’s first action

Considerations for Cross-Border M&A: Canada, the UK & the U.S. – Trends in Antitrust & National Security Merger Review

A SmarTrade webinar presented by Thompson Hine LLP

The past year saw significant developments in the cross-border M&A review processes in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. National security reviews in Canada and the

On January 15, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim final rule implementing further provisions of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 by: (i) imposing additional export license requirements under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in connection with certain military-intelligence end uses and end users; (ii) clarifying

On January 15, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual reports submitted to Congress that assess China’s and Russia’s implementation of their World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. In keeping with past annual USTR reports during the administration of President Donald Trump, the reports note that these countries’ records of compliance

Key Notes:

  • U.S. persons must divest their holdings of publicly traded securities, derivatives and similar instruments of CCMCs by November 11, 2021.
  • Holdings in mutual funds and other pooled investment vehicles are subject to the divestment requirements.

On January 13, President Trump amended his previously issued Executive Order to address confusion over whether U.S. persons

Key Notes:

  • The ban is effective January 11, 2021.
  • Executive Order 13959 bans U.S. persons from transacting in publicly traded securities or derivatives or similar securities of publicly traded Chinese companies designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as enabling Chinese military aims.
  • OFAC has identified, and will continue to add, subsidiaries of the named