Morrison & Foerster’s National Security Practice, led by John Carlin, John Smith, and Nick Spiliotes provides strategic advice and counseling to clients on a broad range of challenging regulatory and compliance matters in the national security space as outlined below.
John Carlin is the former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD) where he was the lead for DOJ on CFIUS, sanctions and other enforcement matters; he also served as Chief of Staff to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. John Smith is the former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he was centrally involved in all aspects of developing, implementing, and enforcing U.S. government sanctions requirements, and oversaw every OFAC enforcement case against financial institutions and global operating companies. Nick Spiliotes has decades of experience advising U.S. and foreign clients on CFIUS matters; before joining the firm he served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and staff member on the National Security Council at the White House.
The National Security Practice includes members from the over 100-attorney investigations/enforcement practice, including former federal and state prosecutors.
Each of these regulatory regimes presents unique challenges to business planning and operations of U.S. and non-U.S. entities that need to be addressed in connection with diligence, obtaining required approvals, implementing appropriate compliance programs, and engaging with the U.S. government on potential enforcement matters. Our experience enables us to identify practical solutions tailored to the business needs of our clients.
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