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Beginning in the prior administration, the U.S. Department of Justice began its China Initiative, an effort that targeted economic espionage occurring in the United States that benefitted China. In many cases, U.S.-based educational institutions, Chinese nationals and companies, and organizations receiving financial support from Chinese interests were caught up in these investigations. The criminal enforcement actions were coupled with strategic use of sanctions against targeted individuals and organizations.
By every measure it appears that the Biden-Harris administration has continued this endeavor providing the perfect time to review the investigations and prosecutions done to date with an eye toward its potential future direction. Our discussion includes:
- An overview of the initiative’s origin and historical targets [15 minutes]
- What federal statutes and regulations are being utilized by enforcement entities under the initiative? [20 minutes]
- A case study that walks attendees through the early stages of an investigation and that explores opportunities to identify and address the legal risks associated with the Chinese Initiative before landing in enforcement crosshairs [25 minutes]
Program Level: Update
Intended Audience: In-house counsel, outside attorneys, accountants, education sector, financial and other allied professionals interested in learning more about the China Initiative
Advanced Preparation: None
Stephen L. Hill, Jr.
Dentons US LLP
Sara M. Holzschuh
Dentons US LLP