[WEBCAST] CFIUS and China Foreign InvestmentVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Join Asia Society Northern California on Thursday, November 19 for a panel discussion with Stephen Heifetz, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Melissa Mannino, Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati on updates on CFIUS and the Review of Foreign Investment in the U.S. from China and the new controls on export of US technology to China and Hong Kong.
Final rule changes that became effective on October 15 complete a two-year process of implementing CFIUS reform legislation. The export control changes include increased export license requirements and expanded controls on certain foreign produced products that are sold, reexported, or otherwise transferred to Huawei and other companies in China. The discussion will address these now final rules, including the substantial interplay of CFIUS and export controls, as well as the effect of the political environment and how the post-election environment might affect CFIUS and its reviews of Chinese investments.
Thilo Hanemann, Partner at Rhodium Group will moderate this session. Barry Taylor, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Asia Society Northern California Board Member will give opening remarks. This program is complimentary and open to the global community.
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific
5:00 p.m. Program Begins
6:00 p.m. Program Concludes
6:00 p.m. VIP Reception for Groundbreaker and Innovator Members with Direct Access to Speakers
6:30 p.m. VIP Reception Concludes
Link to join virtually via Zoom will be emailed the day before and an hour before the program is scheduled to begin by Rexille Uy, Director of Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org). This will be a webinar program; attendees will not appear on camera and will participate via the Q&A box.
Stephen Heifetz is a partner in the Washington, D.C., 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). As a CFIUS practitioner for more than a dozen years, Stephen has been involved in more than 1,000 CFIUS matters and has been recognized as a leading CFIUS and national security expert by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Washingtonian. Stephen serves as CFIUS counsel to the National Venture Capital Association and regularly helps U.S. companies and foreign investors determine whether to make a CFIUS filing, allocate CFIUS risk in transaction documents, navigate the CFIUS process, and negotiate risk mitigation measures if needed to obtain CFIUS clearance.
Melissa Mannino is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she counsels and represents domestic and foreign companies on issues relating to foreign investment in the United States and compliance and enforcement of the U.S export control regulations and economic sanctions regulations.
Melissa advises a broad range of clients, from multinational companies to start-ups, across a variety of technology industries on all aspects of export controls and economic sanctions, including jurisdictional, licensing, and enforcement matters, with particular expertise in the area of enforcement. She works closely with companies in determining which regulations may affect their transactions and conducting internal investigations and compliance assessments, preparing voluntary disclosures, and settling enforcement actions with U.S. government agencies. She has substantial expertise in commercial and dual-use controls promulgated under the Export Administration Regulations, military-specific controls administered under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and economic sanctions programs implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Thilo Hanemann (Moderator) is a partner at Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s work on global trade and investment. Thilo supports the investment management, strategic planning, and policy analysis requirements of Rhodium clients within his fields of expertise. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Europe’s biggest China think tank, located in Berlin.
Thilo’s research focuses on new trends in global trade and capital flows, related policy developments, and the political and commercial dynamics of specific transactions. One of his areas of expertise is the rise of emerging economies as global investors, and the implications for host economies and the global economy. His most recent work focuses on the evolution of China’s international investment position, and the economic and policy implications of this new trend.
Barry Taylor is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with 35 years of experience as a corporate and securities attorney and investment professional. From 2000 to 2010, Barry was a managing director in the technology, media, and telecom group of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. He served as the head of the firm's Silicon Valley office from 2000 to 2008.
While at Warburg, Barry worked on investments in the United States, India, and China, and represented the firm on the boards of six portfolio companies. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Barry was a senior corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for more than 16 years. During this time, he worked on numerous public financings as both issuers' and underwriters' counsel, and served as public securities counsel on disclosure, reporting, and proxy matters. This included representing 28 companies on their initial public offerings and underwriters on 40 initial public offerings. He also represented companies and investors in numerous private financings of preferred stock, convertible debt, and bridge loans with warrants. In addition, Barry negotiated and structured merger and acquisition transactions for both public and private companies. His clients included companies in a variety of sectors, including software, clean technology, healthcare, biotechnology, internet, communications, and semiconductors.
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