With an eye towards preserving and expanding the gatekeeper role in national security, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has issued proposed rules to strengthen enforcement.

On April 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as Chair of CFIUS, announced proposed rules and accepted comment until May 15, 2024, 30 days following publication in the Federal Register on April 15, 2024. The proposed rules strengthen CFIUS regulations and enforcement tools in the following ways.

The SEC’s recent settlement involving a “pay-to-play” rule violation by a private equity firm is a timely reminder for fund managers, especially with the November elections approaching. 

As a refresher, Rule 206(4)-5 of the Investment Advisers Act – known as the “pay to play” rule – prohibits investment advisers from receiving compensation for providing advisory