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Jonathan Wakely practices at the intersection of national security and the private sector, advising clients on a range of significant international trade, cross-border investment, national security, and public policy matters.

Mr. Wakely has extensive experience securing national security-related regulatory approvals for foreign investments, having advised on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $250 billion. He regularly represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); the Defense Security Service (DSS) in proceedings related to the mitigation of foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) under national industrial security regulations, and “Team Telecom” national security reviews. His experience includes negotiating and advising companies on compliance with many of the most significant, complex, and sensitive national security agreements with the U.S. government in recent years.

CFIUS, FOCI, and Team Telecom

  • Qualcomm Incorporated - Successful defense against hostile takeover by Broadcom Ltd. valued at $117 billion
  • Genworth Financial - $2.7 billion acquisition by China Oceanwide
  • CenturyLink Inc. - $36 billion merger with Level 3 Communications Inc.
  • Altice N.V. - Acquisitions of Suddenlink ($9.1 billion) and Cablevision ($17.7 billion)
  • Lenovo Group Limited - Acquisition of IBM’s x86 server division for $2.1 billion
  • Publicis Groupe and Sapient Corporation - Acquisition of Sapient Corporation by Publicis Groupe for $3.7 billion
  • Nexen Inc. - Acquisition by CNOOC Ltd. for $15.1 billion
  • Ligado (previously LightSquared) - Multiple transactions
  • Philips - Multiple transactions
  • NXP Semiconductors - Multiple transactions
  • Borealis Infrastructure Management - Multiple acquisitions in the energy sector
  • Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) - Successful energy-sector transaction
  • BAE Systems, Inc. - Multiple acquisitions
  • Carlyle Group - Multiple transactions

Trade and Public Policy

  • Advise multiple U.S. technology companies on national security and government relations aspects of business relationships in China.
  • Represented multiple trade associations on national security-related legislative matters.
  • Secured the reinstatement of a respected professor’s H-1B visa improperly revoked on national security grounds.
  • Advised a security-focused technology company on growing its U.S. government business.
  • Represented a foreign embassy in a campaign to secure professional visa legislation as part of the implementation of a free trade agreement.
  • Advised a major U.S. airline on developing and executing a government relations campaign to address issues related to free and fair competition with foreign airlines.
  • Representing American investors in Yukos Oil Company seeking compensation for the expropriation of approximately $12 billion in assets by the Russian Federation.
  • Advised a multinational oil & gas company on disputes with foreign government agencies arising from an investment in Central Asia.

Pro Bono

  • Represented the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in a successful constitutional challenge to the Nelson, Georgia “Family Protection Ordinance,” which required residents to keep and maintain a firearm.
  • Successfully represented an Iraq War veteran in obtaining Combat-Related Service pay.

Previous Experience

  • Central Intelligence Agency, Political Analyst (2006-2012)
  • Chambers USA, International Trade: CFIUS Experts (2020)