• Representing Foreign Entities
  • May 18, 2012
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • The Foreign Agents Registration Act (22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq., “FARA” or the “Act”) requires persons and entities in the United States to register with the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) FARA Registration Unit when they engage in certain political or quasi-political activities in the U.S. on behalf of “foreign principals.” FARA requires all persons representing foreign principals to register with the DOJ and provide certain information about the relationship with the foreign principal, the scope of work, and, on a semi-annual basis, the activities performed on behalf of the foreign principal. A registrant’s individual employees, officers, etc., who will engage in registrable activities on behalf of the foreign principal must file individual filings (called “short forms”). The willful failure to comply with FARA’s requirements may result in a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years.