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July 14, 2020

Cutting Through the FARA Fog

Enforcement Edge: Shining Light on Government Enforcement

If your business touches on foreign interests, you should have a working understanding of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), especially given the Department of Justice's increasing focus on FARA enforcement and compliance. Over the years, we've advised numerous individuals and companies in FARA investigations and compliance matters, and this once obscure—and notoriously convoluted—statute understandably remains a source of confusion for many. To help cut through FARA's fog, Amy Jeffress, Kaitlin Konkel, Nora Ellingsen, and I have published an article in Law360 to help dispel five common myths about the law.

Just last month, DOJ published its latest batch of (redacted) advisory opinions on FARA's scope. But the law's complexity makes it hard to read DOJ's opinions in a vacuum. If you're ever in doubt about whether FARA covers your work for foreign clients or with foreign partners, don't hesitate to seek guidance about the application of this arcane and far-reaching statute.

© Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 2020 All Rights Reserved. This blog post is intended to be a general summary of the law and does not constitute legal advice. You should consult with counsel to determine applicable legal requirements in a specific fact situation.