The companies refer today to the concerns in an announcement about plans to withdraw and refile their joint voluntary notice for the deal with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The CFIUS is a federal panel that reviews international deals involving U.S. businesses to see if the deals might affect national security.
China Oceanwide and Genworth said they will refile their CFIUS notice and include “additional mitigation approaches, including potentially working with a U.S. third-party service provider.”
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“Both parties are fully committed to continuing to work on robust mitigation proposals,” the companies said in the announcement. “Genworth and Oceanwide intend to actively engage in discussions with CFIUS with respect to mitigation options; however, there can be no assurance that CFIUS will ultimately agree to clear a transaction between Genworth and Oceanwide on terms acceptable to the parties, or at all.”
The companies did not say what kinds of concerns CFIUS wants them to mitigate.
Company representatives declined to comment on the announcement about the companies’ CFIUS notice.
Lu Zhiqiang said in a statement that completing the deal is still important to his company, because it wants to use Genworth’s expertise in long-term care insurance to help China’s 231 million residents over the age of 60.