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Pay-to-Play 2: CFIUS Filing Fees Go Into Effect May 1, 2020

April 28, 2020

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) has announced an Interim Final Rule requiring payment of filing fees in connection with any Joint Voluntary Notices submitted on or after May 1, 2020 for “covered transactions” under 31 C.F.R. Part 800 or for “covered real estate transactions” under Part 802. The Interim Final Rule adopts, without change, the sliding scale fee structure as initially proposed, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue to accept comments until June 1, 2020.

The fee schedule is:

Total Transaction Value

Filing Fee

< $500,000


> $500,000 but < $5 million


> $5 million but < $50 million


> $50 million but < $250 million


> $250 million but < $750 million


> $ 750 million


CFIUS rejected comments seeking to limit the transaction value to just the value of the U.S. business and denied concerns that the lack of any fee for submission of mandatory or voluntary declarations would provide a financial or administrative incentive for CFIUS to fail to conclude action under Section 721 of the Defense Production Act in evaluating such declarations.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

Alan W. H. Gourley
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2561
Adelicia R. Cliffe
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2816
Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.688.3483