Should I stay or should I go? Coping with Cfius woes

Chinese buyers caught in a US regulatory quagmire can take their chances with smaller deals or hope a massive shake-up of Washington's dealings with Beijing brings a little clarity.

In the age of President Donald Trump, Chinese MA dealmakers need no reminder that doing business in the United States will be a gruelling, soul-destroying and, perhaps, fruitless experience especially when it comes to buying technology assets or companies that handle US citizens' data.

The fearsome regulatory hurdle they must clear, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Cfius, has the power to review any transaction that could result in foreign “control” of a US business be it an American company or a foreign firm that has operations in the US. If a deal is considered sensitive, it can recommend the...

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