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The China conundrum: balancing risk and reward

Joe Mont | January 17, 2018

China is both highly prized and under-penetrated by U.S. companies. Recent deterrents, including tough trade talk by the Trump Administration and confusing new cyber-security laws, may keep things that way.

On the trade front, Presidential intervention in cross-border mergers has traditionally been a rarity. The current administration shows no signs, however, of following that tradition and sitting on the sidelines.

Under the Defense Production Act, the President is authorized to suspend or prohibit certain acquisitions that result in foreign control of a U.S. business if he or she concludes there is credible evidence that the foreign interest exercising control might take action that threatens to impair national security.

On Jan. 10, MoneyGram and Ant Financial Services Group mutually agreed to terminate their planned merger due to the inability of the companies to obtain the required approval for the transaction from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the...

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