JEN FERNANDEZ is a member of the Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy group. She focuses her practice on counseling clients in a wide range of industries with compliance advice on a variety of international trade laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the anti-boycott requirements administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. She advises clients on export controls and sanctions risk assessments, including in connection with investments, offerings and acquisitions. She also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs.
Jen regularly represents clients in complex cross-border transactional and counseling matters that touch U.S. national security and foreign investment, including reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She has advised clients on CFIUS issues in dozens of transactions, including conducting due diligence, analyzing potential national security issues and strategies, negotiating deal terms, representing clients in CFIUS filings and meetings with the U.S. agencies, and negotiating CFIUS mitigation arrangements. Jen also represents clients on foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) mitigation matters before the U.S. Department of Defense.
Jen received her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she received her B.A. in International Affairs/International Politics from The George Washington University.
Prior to joining Sidley, Jen was an associate at a leading international law firm, where she practiced in the International Trade and National Security group.