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Vinson & Elkins
Vinson & Elkins has an extensive and longstanding practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and has advised a broad range of U.S. and non-U.S. clients in proceedings before CFIUS and other national security agencies.
Our experience includes clients from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America, conducting business in a wide range of industries—from pension fund managers, investment banks, and private equity funds, to operating companies considering a wide range of transactions.
Our practitioners have established relationships with CFIUS member agencies, including the Departments of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, and others. Our extensive knowledge of defense industries, technology, and the energy and critical infrastructure sectors enables us to evaluate the key risk factors, advise clients considering transactions, and ultimately to manage sensitive matters through the CFIUS process.
Sidley Austin LLP
Our seasoned government relations team is particularly well equipped to manage the political aspects of CFIUS proceedings. We represent institutions involved in some of the highest-profile foreign acquisitions. Working closely with members of Congress and their senior staffers — including at the Senate Banking Committee and House of Representatives Financial Services Committee — we help ease the political pressures placed upon agency decision-makers by focusing on the merits of each transaction. Multiple members of our team, while working at the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, assisted with the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) implementation.
Sidley’s team has decades of experience guiding foreign investors and U.S. companies through CFIUS proceedings. Our team includes practitioners who previously held positions as General Counsel of Office of the United States Trade Representative, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Counsel to the President, Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury, a member of Congress, and Congressional staffers, including for the House Financial Services Committee and a former Deputy Director at the Office of Foreign Investment Review at the Department of Defense.
Winston & Strawn LLP
Winston & Strawn has an active practice guiding clients through the various national security-related regulatory regimes that apply to foreign investments in the United States. Our CFIUS team is led by Tyler McGaughey, who recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for managing CFIUS’s day-to-day operations. During his tenure, Tyler supervised national security assessments, reviews, and investigations for hundreds of transactions. Tyler also reviewed and approved dozens of mitigation agreements, supervised publication of the FIRRMA regulations, and help build the “non-notified” transactions unit.
Winston & Strawn advises clients on how to structure transactions to address potential national security concerns, determine whether transactions require a mandatory CFIUS filing, and where necessary, guide our clients through the CFIUS process. We also work with CFIUS member agencies to resolve national security issues and negotiate mitigation agreements.
When your transaction involves a foreign investment in a U.S. business, you need guidance to assess the national security implications of the transaction. We advise U.S. companies, foreign multinationals, venture capitalists, and global private equity investors, including those from sensitive countries, on national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and foreign investment regulators on a global basis.
Our team includes former government lawyers who understand the opaque inner-workings of CFIUS. You take matters of national security seriously. So do we. Safeguard your transactions, investments, and business with us.
Wilson Sonsini is a trusted advisor to U.S. businesses, foreign acquirers and investors, and financing parties on the full range of CFIUS issues. This includes counseling clients on all aspects of CFIUS, including investor structure and foreign person status, national security sensitivities, whether a CFIUS “declaration” or “notice” is required or warranted, negotiating CFIUS language in transaction documents (whether or not a filing is made), drafting submissions to CFIUS, preparing responses to CFIUS questions, negotiating mitigation agreements and post-closing compliance with those agreements. The team also works with clients to engage other key stakeholders in the CFIUS process, including members of Congress, media, and think-tanks, as needed.
Wilson Sonsini’s CFIUS team collectively has 30+ years of CFIUS experience, working on behalf of companies, investors, trade associations, and the U.S. government. The team is comprised of attorneys who have served as CFIUS officials from multiple U.S. government agencies and from other national security agencies and congressional oversight committees, including the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, and State, as well as CIA, the Army, the Air Force, and the U.S. Senate.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
The continuing rise in cross-border transactions, in combination with the U.S. government’s attention to national security considerations associated with such transactions, require clients increasingly to turn to counsel for advice in complying with federal regulations designed to protect national security.
For example, review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) will continue to be a critical focus of the U.S. government as national security concerns escalate about investment by certain countries and as foreign investment affects critical U.S. technologies and infrastructure.
Gibson Dunn has extensive experience assisting both U.S. and foreign companies in transactions subject to CFIUS review. In addition, when companies are determined to be under foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI), we have assisted in obtaining security clearances for company employees and handling other issues to enable our clients to obtain or retain federal government work.
EY cybersecurity service offerings can assist organizations throughout the CFIUS life cycle. EY CFIUS cybersecurity services harness knowledge of industry-recognized cyber practices (i.e., ISO, NIST) and enterprise-level critical information asset identification and apply leading, next-gen cybersecurity EY offerings focusing on the access, protection and monitoring of your organization’s most critical assets.
The thorough and proven EY methodologies support CFIUS readiness, strategic mitigation planning, mitigation implementation and holistic program development, as well as independent audits and assessments of CFIUS compliance.
Government scrutiny of certain inbound US investments, including acquisitions of American businesses, is likely to increase in the months ahead, leading dealmakers to reassess growth strategies and M&A decisions. You’re entering new markets and need to focus on your vision and growth.
Our team understands the landscape and can guide you — from the changing labor laws in your new region, to communicating effectively for success there, to new regulations and local nuances that can mean success. Let our community of solvers untangle the complexity and deliver the holistic, global perspective your new opportunities demand.