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New Restrictions on US Foreign Investment in Critical Technologies | SF 11/19

November 19, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

New Restrictions in US Foreign Investment in Critical Technologies
Monday, November 19 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Morgan Lewis | One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, 28th Floor, San FranciscoVENUE: 

On August 13, 2018, the president signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law, which is expected to significantly impact national security reviews of foreign investment into the United States, particularly for certain US businesses involved in “critical technologies.” The law will affect a broad range of Bay Area companies, particularly high-tech companies, companies working on technology with defense and security applications, VC firms (especially those with foreign LPs), private equity funds (also with foreign partners), and real estate firms.

Please join us as our panelists (including a former government official who led national security reviews of foreign investment and former military personnel with insight into the changing framework of national security) share their insights about how FIRRMA is changing the landscape for foreign investment in the Bay Area.

We will discuss the expansion of coverage of transactions subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the mandatory declaration process, changes in procedures for notification and submissions, strengthened sanctions for violations of those procedures, and enhanced criteria to be applied by CFIUS to review proposed transactions, particularly investments from China and Russia. Learn how CFIUS extends to foreign investment involving emerging and foundational technology, and how this reach is expected to affect investors, timing of investments, and planning for growth across key technologies such as AI, robotics, nanotechnology, semiconductors, and related industries.



Clay Lowery, Rock Creek Global Advisers

As Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, Lowery focuses on international financial regulation, sovereign debt, macroeconomic policies, exchange rates, and investment policy. He is currently advising multinational companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms on these matters.




Giovanna M. Cinelli, Morgan Lewis

As a practitioner for more than 25 years, Cinelli counsels clients in the defense and high-technology sectors on a broad range of issues affecting national security and export controls, including complex export compliance matters, audits, and export enforcement, both classified and unclassified.




Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp, Morgan Lewis

Ken Nunnenkamp represents clients in international trade and national security matters before United States federal courts and government agencies. His practice involves internal investigations and disclosures, including voluntary disclosures and responding to government demands, as well as federal court defense against government actions.




New Restrictions in US Foreign Investment in Critical Technologies
Monday, November 19 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Morgan Lewis | One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, 28th Floor, San Francisco

Registration closes at 12 pm, Monday November 19. Check in with lobby security and proceed to the 28th floor

4:30–5:30 pm | Reception
5:30–6:30 pm | Program

Event venue generously provided by Morgan Lewis
In cooperation with the Asia Society Northern California Center



November 19, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
One Market, Spear Street Tower, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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