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How to adapt to the new national security review law for foreign investment in US technology companies

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In 2018, the US enacted new restrictions on foreign investment in American technology companies. The restrictions are implemented by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS. One of the biggest changes is the expansion of the notification and pre-approval requirements for non-controlling, minority investments in certain high tech companies; a related change is the significant increase in resources given to CFIUS to identify concerning transactions for which the parties did not make filings. These changes are already having a big impact on foreign companies trying to invest in Silicon Valley start-ups.

The Japan Society of Northern California and JETRO are pleased to present a
program to help Japanese companies who are scouting for partnerships and investment opportunities in American tech companies. The program will address how to pursue such opportunities while minimizing risks and costs from the new regulatory regime.

We are pleased to host Nick Klein and Stephen Heifetz, who have experience navigating CFIUS and advising Japanese companies on tech acquisitions and investment. The conversation will be moderated by Japan Society Chair Larry Greenwood.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get an insider’s look at the new rules for national security review of foreign investment and hear advice on strategies Japanese companies can use to continue to safely invest in American tech companies without fear of running afoul of the new regulations.


*Please note that the Japan Society of Northern California and JETRO are not responsible for any disadvantages that may occur to participants regarding the content provided at this online seminar.
**We will not be providing a recording of this event, so please consider attending on the 7th.

~オープン・イノベーションに従事する方必見!専門家がアメリカの対米投資審査規制を解説します。日英同時通訳付き~

米政府は2018年、米国の企業への外国投資に対し、新たな規制を制定しました(「2018年外国投資リスク審査現代化法(FIRRMA)」)。その中でも特に注意すべき点は、重要な技術・インフラ、センシティブな個人データに関わる米国事業の実質的な意思決定への関与に対する審査の拡大であり、米国のスタートアップ企業に投資しようとする外国企業にも大きな影響を与えます。Japan Society of Northern Californiaとジェトロは、米国のハイテク企業との提携や投資機会を模索している日本企業に対し、新しい規制体制に適切に対応するためのヒントを提供します。

本セミナーでは、日本企業に対し、ハイテク企業の買収や投資に関するアドバイスの経験を持つStephen Heifertz 氏(Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)とNicholas Klein氏(Counsel, DLA Piper)をお迎えし、新規制に合致した技術スカウト活動の適切な方法についてお話しいただきます。 対談の司会は、Larry Greenwood 氏(Chairman of the Board, Japan Society of Northern California)が務めます。どうしたら新規制に抵触することなく、米国のハイテク企業に安全に投資を続けることができるのか、お悩みの方々は、 是非この機会をお見逃しなく。


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主催:Japan Society of Northern California
共催:ジェトロサンフランシスコ
参加費:無料
講演言語:英語(日英同時通訳が付きます)

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. (PDT)
Friday, October 8th, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. (Japan Time)

Price:

FREE!  (Zoom link will be sent upon registration)

 OUR AMAZING SPEAKERS

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Stephen Heifetz | Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Stephen Heifetz is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advises clients on laws and policies at the intersection of international business and national security.

Stephen previously served in the U.S. government on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He regularly helps clients determine whether to make a CFIUS filing, how to allocate CFIUS risk in transaction documents, and how to navigate the CFIUS process. He has represented the National Venture Capital Association on CFIUS issues and has provided CFIUS counseling on thousands of matters.

Stephen also advises clients on other matters of legal compliance and political risk and defends companies facing investigations, including in matters involving anti-money laundering rules, sanctions, and individual security screening.

Stephen speaks and writes frequently about national security issues, including publishing pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Law360.

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Nicholas Klein | Of Counsel, DLA Piper
Nicholas Klein has significant experience advising clients on international trade and national security matters, including national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), U.S. export controls, economic sanctions, and mitigation of foreign ownership, control, or influence under industrial security regulations.


Nick has extensive experience representing clients with respect to complex national security and international trade aspects of business transactions involving companies at all stages of their corporate growth lifecycle. He represents clients in the technology, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, software, professional services, biotechnology, and energy sectors, among several others. Nick advises clients on compliance, licensing, and enforcement matters related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR),

Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the embargoes and sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Before
attending law school, Nick was an officer in the United States Army, serving as a U.S. Army Ranger and an airborne jumpmaster. Nick maintains an active pro bono practice advocating on behalf of military veterans.

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Date:
October 7
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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