Upcoming Events

Here’s the latest list of upcoming events related to foreign investment and national security, which — as usual — has been crowdsourced by our members (thanks everyone!). Please contact [email protected] if we missed one:

David Plotinsky, partner at Morgan Lewis.

CFIUS Considerations with Foreign Investors 

Morgan Lewis webinar run by David Plotinsky, the former acting chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Investment Review Section, will explore how companies can successfully address “novel issues” when considering non-controlling investments from foreign investors (which may affect fundraising options). Cohost will be Carl Valenstein, who is a member of Morgan Lewis’ CFIUS working group.

Defense Exports Conference

Among the speakers will be former Commerce Department Senior Advisor Mark Weber, who is Director of International Trade Policy at Lockheed Martin.

16th annual event intended for industry professionals and government officials. Conference includes a number of government speakers focusing on regulatory matters, including ITAR, EAR, ECR, dual use, and the Wassenaar Arrangement. Among the scheduled speakers are Shainila Pradhan, who is director of the Export Control Joint Unit in the UK’s government’s Department for International Trade. Stephane Chardon, Head of Sector for Trade and Security in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, will also be speaking.

CFIUS Updates for VCs

Stephen Heifetz is a partner in the National Security practice of Wilson Sonsini in Washington, D.C. 

The National Venture Capital Association, in partnership with Wilson Sonsini, will host a webinar that will feature an update on CFIUS, enforcement activity, its foreign siblings, their potential progeny, and tips for VCs and portfolio companies. The Webcast will feature Stephen Heifetz, who seems to be a perennial entry in our Top Advisors list. Heifetz also wrote one of our most widely-read columns, “A Case Study in Frustration,” which was featured in a 2020 supplement, A Startup’s Guide to CFIUS. Also speaking will be Josh Gruenspecht, with whom we spoke last year when the NVCA released model legal docs with sample FDI language.

2022 CFIUS and FDI Symposium

London-based Joanna Christoforou, a partner at Morgan Lewis, will be one of the speakers at the symposium.

Symposium hosted by Morgan Lewis and The National Security Institute at George Mason will include a full day of presentations and discussions on CFIUS matters.  Panelists will include authorities and representatives from the agencies responsible for CFIUS; topics to be discussed include CFIUS strategies, the evolution of FIRRMA, outbound investment, national security agreements, and more.

WorldECR Export Controls and Sanctions Forum

Aline Doussin is a partner with Hogan Lovells who focuses on EU trade laws, export controls, and sanctions.

This annual symposium, which takes place in London and Washington, D.C., in consecutive weeks, will provide updates and analysis of current international sanctions, with a special focus on the unprecedented sanctions response to the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia. Blake Pritchett, Deputy Director of Sanctions Policy & Implementation at the U.S. State Department, will be one of the featured keynotes. Among the other speakers is a team from Hogan Lovells, who will explore the changing relationship between China and the west.


Are we missing an event? Email [email protected] and let us know.