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.
In April 2022, Sidley sponsored the 8th National Conference on CFIUS in Washington, D.C. where James Mendenhall and Grigore Alexandru spoke on “The Present and Future of CFIUS Scrutiny for Non-Notified Sectors: New Technology Sectors Under the Microscope – From Bio Tech to Dating Apps,” and “SCORECARD: How CFIUS is Processing Cases under FIRRMA and Evaluating the Streamlined Declaration Process” respectively.