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CFIUS shows new aggressiveness in ordering divestiture of wind energy farms

Recent litigation — an extraordinary rarity in practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) — has highlighted a new willingness on the part of the US Government to restrict parties’ activities relating to foreign acquisitions of US companies, through measures that go beyond the standard remedies of barring transactions or ordering divestiture. CFIUS is the interagency Executive Branch committee that considers the impact on US national security of “any merger, acquisition, or takeover … by or with a foreign person which could result in foreign control of any person engaged in interstate commerce in the United States.”

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Firmwide revenue 2011 ($m): 2,152
Global lawyers 2011: 2,062
Jurisdiction: US
No. of offices: 5
No. of qualified lawyers: 104 (International 50)