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Mark Plotkin — broadly recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent regulatory advocates — represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and other branches of the U.S. government. He delivers outstanding results for global clients across industries. Mr. Plotkin’s practice includes having negotiated some of the most challenging compliance and security agreements ever concluded with the U.S. Government – agreements that in many instances now are the template for the relevant industries.

Clients refer to him as "the dean of the CFIUS Bar" with an "unmatched history, experience and network" (Chambers USA). The American Lawyer has twice honored Mr. Plotkin as "Dealmaker of the Year"— in 2016 for his role securing CFIUS clearance for GlobalFoundries’ multibillion dollar acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor unit, and again in 2019 for his team's successful and novel efforts in the CFIUS process to defend Qualcomm from a hostile takeover attempt by Broadcom.

Chambers Global says “Plotkin is widely regarded as one of the top national security attorneys in the USA and has extensive experience in advising industry-leading names before the CFIUS panel." He also is nationally ranked for his expertise in both financial services regulation and data privacy.

Representative Matters

  • Nexen Inc. in $15.1 billion sale to China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
  • CIT Group in $10.4 billion sale of its aircraft leasing business to Avolon Holdings (China).
  • Thomson Reuters in $20 billion sale of a 55% interest in its Financial & Risk business to a consortium of Singapore’s GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Blackstone.
  • Deutsche Börse in proposed $9.5 billion acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Genworth Financial in $2.7 billion acquisition by China Oceanwide. 
  • KION Group (Germany) in $2.1 billion acquisition of Dematic.
  • Micro Focus (UK) in $8.8 billion acquisition of software business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Intersil Corp. in $2.3 billion acquisition by Renesas Electronics Corp. (Japan).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Editor and Co-Author, Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (West Publishing, 2012)
  • Editor-in-Chief and Co-Author, E-Commerce Law and Business (Aspen Publishing, 2003)
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Yale University, Class Secretary
  • Harvard Law School, Reunion Chair
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Berkeley College Fellow
  • Sidwell Friends School Development Board (1998-2004)
  • Board of Governors, Association of Yale Alumni (2007-2010)
  • Harvard College, Teaching Fellow (1984-1986)