In recent years, the US government has increased its control over foreign acquisitions by American companies and the export of certain technologies. This check has been tightened especially if the buyer is Chinese. It’s a trend that is expected to continue under the Biden administration, but not without economic costs.
Attorney Chris Griner, Chairman of the National Security and Compliance Practice Group at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has seen this trend firsthand. He represents companies when they need to go before the CFIUS, the U.S. Foreign Investment Committee. This is the government office that reviews foreign acquisitions by American companies.
Griner recalled a technology company whose acquisition by Chinese investors was rejected by the committee.
“The customer keeps coming back to the Chinese investors and I say, ‘Why? You know you just got rejected, why are you doing this? ‘ They say,…