Global Restrictions for Institutional Investors: Focus on National Security Reviews

Sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Learn the latest changes in the global restrictions affecting institutional investors investing in the US and Europe. Look closely at each market and gain insights into key areas affecting cross-border investments. Consider the impact of these changes and what may lie ahead.

Please send your questions to middleeast@100women.org by Thursday, October 15 or you may submit them during the webinar.

Produced by the 100WF Middle East Committee.
19 October 2020
9:00 AM N. America West Coast
12:00 PM N America East Coast
5:00 PM London
6:00 PM Paris
8:00 PM UAE
The program will begin promptly.

Giovanna M. Cinelli
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Nazak Nikahtar
US Department of Commerce

Christina Renner
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Alishia K. Sullivan
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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Giovanna M. Cinelli
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Giovanna M. Cinelli is the leader of the international trade and national security practice. As a practitioner for more than 30 years, she 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, cross-border due diligence, and export enforcement, both classified and unclassified. She handles complex civil and criminal export-related investigations and advises on transactional due diligence for regulatory requirements involving government contracts, export policy, and compliance, as well as settlement of export enforcement actions before the US departments of State, commerce, Treasury, and Defense, and related agencies. Giovanna has conducted dozens of export investigations and has negotiated six consent agreements before the Department of State. She advises clients on matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and addresses mitigation requirements that may apply as part of CFIUS clearances for cross-border transactions. Giovanna is a member of the Morgan Lewis CFIUS working group. Additionally, Giovanna has developed and assisted clients with the implementation of business-related strategies with adherence to strict requirements addressing US government national security and critical infrastructure concerns, as well as Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) requirements. Giovanna serves as an expert witness on export issues affecting litigations and arbitrations, both in the US and abroad, involving controlled goods, technologies, data, and services. Her testimony has addressed complex licensing and compliance issues related to the conduct of trials and arbitration proceedings both in the United States and globally, and she has been called to testify as an expert witness on matters affecting compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. She has addressed the challenging issues associated with the extraterritorial application of US export laws and regulations within litigations and arbitrations, and has assisted clients when navigating the conflicting requirements these laws may create. Giovanna regularly speaks and writes on international arms trade, technology transfer, national security cross-border requirements, and export issues. She has participated in panel discussions related to CFIUS and technology transfer hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has appeared on CNN’s “Burden of Proof” and MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” as an expert in international technology transfer, arms exports, and related national security issues. As a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group for nearly two decades, Giovanna engages regularly with the Department of State on matters affecting defense trade. She was a member of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee and is in her third term as a member of the Department of Commerce’s Virginia/DC District Export Council. Concurrent with her private practice, Giovanna served as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer, where she specialized in Soviet-era submarine platforms, national security, and intelligence issues. She is fluent in French and Italian, and a violinist with the Washington Opera Society.

Nazak Nikahtar
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis, US Department of Commerce

Nazak Nikakhtar was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to become the Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2018. Ms. Nikakhtar serves as the Department's primary liaison with U.S. industry and trade associations to help address industry concerns and support American competitiveness. As the Department's lead on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), she plays a key role in shaping U.S. investment policy and addressing national security threats. She also advises the Secretary on trade and economic issues impacting the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, heading the division that conducts trade policy research and analysis on manufacturing, services, e-commerce, privacy and cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and economic trends that impact the International Trade Administration's mission. Ms. Nikakhtar is returning to the International Trade Administration after her time in private practice as a partner at the international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent LLP. Ms. Nikakhtar also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. During her previous tenure at the International Trade Administration, Ms. Nikakhtar worked at ITA's China/Non-Market Economy Office. Ms. Nikakhtar received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctor and Master of Economics degrees from Syracuse University. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Christina Renner
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Christina Renner concentrates her practice on European Union and German merger control, competition, and antitrust law, with experience in cartels and general behavioral matters, abuse of dominance, and EU state aid laws. Christina regularly advises clients concerning mergers reviewed by the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, as well as the French, Austrian, and Belgian competition authorities. She has experience handling multi-jurisdictional filings for a variety of clients and regularly advises on complex competition compliance matters. Christina also represents diverse international clients in antitrust investigations before the European Commission and other national competition authorities, including in litigation before European courts. Christina’s work spans a variety of industries, including transportation, energy, life sciences, as well as retail and ecommerce. She has an established practice in EU regulatory matters in these areas. Additionally, Christina is active in the German legal community in Brussels and is currently the co-chair of the Brussels regional section of the prestigious Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (Member Association of German speaking antitrust lawyers). Before joining Morgan Lewis, Christina was a partner in and head of the Brussels office of a French boutique law firm. She is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Italian, with a working knowledge of Dutch.

Alishia K. Sullivan
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Alishia K. Sullivan advises institutional investors with respect to their global investment activities, focusing primarily on investments in private funds, including leveraged buyout, hedge, infrastructure and real estate funds, and direct investments and co-investments. She assists clients in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating investment documentation, including subscription agreements, limited partnership agreements, side letters, managed account agreements, and other commercial agreements. She also has extensive experience with advising clients on structuring and maintaining their investment subsidiary platforms and negotiating bespoke investment advisory arrangements and operational agreements necessary to support investment activities. Alishia is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Alishia is a former member of the board of directors of two non-profit organizations whose missions focus on the care, empowerment, and education of women and children. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alishia was a partner at another global law firm. She previously worked as in-house counsel for a state-owned petroleum company in the Middle East and was a member of the global projects group of the Washington, DC, office of an international law firm.
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