Nicholas J. Spiliotes

Nicholas J. Spiliotes

Education

Williams College (B.A., 1977)
Columbia University (M.A., 1979)
Columbia Law School (J.D., 1985)

Bar Admissions

New York
District of Columbia

Nicholas Spiliotes is Co-Chair of the firm's Global Finance Department and Co-Head of the firm’s National Security Practice.  He has over 25 years of in-depth experience in advising clients on a wide range of U.S. national security matters in the context of cross-border investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mr. Spiliotes advises clients on U.S. foreign investment approvals (CFIUS); Department of Defense foreign ownership, control and influence mitigation under the National Industrial Security Program; and U.S. sanctions and embargoes (OFAC), including certain enforcement matters, relating to a broad range of industries, products and transactions.

Mr. Spiliotes served as Chair of Morrison & Foerster's 520 lawyer Business Department from 2004 to 2007, firm-wide Managing Partner for Operations from 1997 to 2000, and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office from 1995 to 1997.  From 2008 to 2017, Mr. Spiliotes served as a member of the firm’s partner compensation committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Spiliotes served in the U.S. government as a junior staff member of the National Security Council at the White House, and in the U.S. Foreign Service as a Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

Representative CFIUS Matters:

Mr. Spiliotes’ representative projects include acting as counsel on national security matters for:

  • Global Logistic Properties Limited in its US$11.64 billion proposed privatization, reported to be the largest-ever private equity buyout of an Asian company by enterprise value.
  • SoftBank Group Corp. on its £24.3 billion ($31.4 billion) acquisition of UK-based semiconductor and design company ARM Holdings plc.
  • SoftBank Group Corp. in its $2 billion acquisition of Brightstar Corp., the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor.
  • SoftBank Group Corp. in its $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint Corporation.
  • Global Logistic Properties in the acquisition of a US$4.55 billion U.S. logistics portfolio from Industrial Income Trust.
  • Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances in their formation of a global air conditioning joint venture with Johnson Controls, integrating the companies’ HVAC businesses.
  • Toshiba in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Landis+Gyr AG, a leading provider of advanced electricity and other utility meters and related solutions for the smart grid.
  • NTT DATA in its acquisition of Keane International, a global outsource provider of IT services.
  • A Japanese company in its proposed investment in U.S. nuclear facilities.
  • Various investors in U.S. energy infrastructure, including wind farms and other alternative energy production.
  • A UAE entity in its acquisitions of engineering companies with extensive U.S. manufacturing operations and contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.
  • U.S. software companies with significant government contracts being acquired by European entities.
  • A U.S. telecommunications company acquired by a UK telecommunications company.
  • A Japanese company in its acquisition of an airport service provider.
  • UK based venture capital funded engineering company in its acquisition of a U.S. laser manufacturer with significant military contracts.
  • A Japanese company in its acquisition of a global “smart grid” manufacturing and services company.
  • A Japanese outsourcing services company in its acquisition of a U.S. database development company providing services under classified contracts with U.S. government entities.
  • A U.S. semiconductor company acquired by a Korean corporation.
  • A U.S. defense contractor with significant and sensitive military contracts acquired by a UK company.

Nicholas Spiliotes is recommended as a leading lawyer by the IFLR1000 2014, Best Lawyers In America 2006-2014, and Euromoney’s Expert Guides.

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