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Investment framework and opportunities in the United States

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in stock of a local company is legal in the U.S. There are no restrictions per se on the transfer of shares to a foreign investor, however, there are a number of situations in which the US Government may deny or restrict such investments by foreign persons for reasons of national security.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is responsible for examining the national security implications of acquisitions or investments in a US company by foreign persons and may block or cancel such transactions when they threaten US national security. CFIUS audits only cover acquisitions or investments involving the transfer of control of a US company to a foreign entity.
Obligation to Declare
The reference text for foreign investments is the International Investment Survey Act of 1976, although each state has its own regulations on foreign direct investments.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
International Trade Administration
Requests For Specific Authorisations
Investments are governed by sector specific policies and procedures. There are limits on foreign investment in certain industries believed to affect national security, including: shipping, aircraft, banking, energy, communications and media and government contracting.

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Select USA (U.S. government-wide program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce)
Invest in America (International Trade Administration - U.S. Government Body)
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
SAM.gov, U.S. Federal Government Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in United States
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Economic Development Administration (EDA)

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