Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS)

Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS)

We have successfully handled a number of the most challenging CFIUS cases on record.

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Represented General Electric Company before CFIUS in filings with respect to the acquisition by ALSTOM, a French manufacturing firm, of the General Electric Rail Signaling business and a minority interest in the General Electric Digital Energy business.

  • Advised two major US financial services firms in connection with substantial investments by Chinese and Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds (completed without CFIUS review).
  • Represented a leading US supplier of communications equipment, software and services in a merger with its European counterpart, including a renowned research and development organization.
  • Represented a large European financial institution in connection with the acquisition of US transportation infrastructure and assignment to managed asset investment vehicles.
  • Represented a major US provider of information services in connection with its acquisition by a European publishing conglomerate, including large databases used for background screening.
  • Represented a leading Chinese financial institution in obtaining US bank regulatory authority approval to open a branch office in New York (not subject to CFIUS).
  • Advised private equity sponsors in the acquisition of a significant US defense contractor by limited partnership with multiple foreign investors (completed without CFIUS review).
  • Represented a major US defense contractor in connection with the sale of a satellite unit to a multinational satellite concern.
  • Represented a large European telecommunications company in connection with acquisitions of two US wireless companies.
  • Advised a large European defense concern in connection with the acquisition of an electronics unit from a major US defense contractor.
  • Represented a multinational wireless company in connection with the acquisition of a large US wireless company.
  • Advised a foreign party in connection with a proposed merger in the energy sector.
  • Represented a German company in connection with its acquisition of a Canadian shipping business that participates in the US Navy program.
  • Represented a large Asian technology company in connection with its acquisition of a US shipbuilder supplying the US Navy and acquisition of a US aerospace company.
  • Represented a US defense subcontractor when it was acquired by a multinational German corporation.
  • Represented a US defense subcontractor when it was acquired by the US subsidiary of a Japanese corporation.
  • Represented a British company in connection with its acquisition of a US developer and manufacturer of photonics and microwave products.
  • Represented a US maker of digital video surveillance and intrusion detection equipment and software when it was acquired by a large European defense concern.
  • Represented a US information technology company when an entity controlled by the French government bought a stake in the company and again when the company was sold to a Dutch entity.
  • Represented a British company in connection with acquisitions of three US companies supplying aircraft industry.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business recognized WilmerHale as a leading firm in CFIUS on a national level in its 2016–2019 editions. In the 2019 edition, sources state that the team is "responsive, practical and strategic" and that the team helps them "understand the lay of the land, what regulators are concerned about and what might be problematic."

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