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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, supply chain security, and public policy matters.

Mr. Wakely has been recognized by Chambers USA for his leading expertise in securing national security-related regulatory approvals for foreign investments. He regularly represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (better known as “Team Telecom”), and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) in proceedings related to the mitigation of foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI). He was deeply involved on behalf of clients in the development of the Foreign Investment Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”), which reformed CFIUS’s authorities, and its implementing regulations.

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
  • Ford Motor Company - $2.6 billion investment by Volkswagen in Argo AI
  • Merck KGaA - $6.5 billion acquisition of Versum Materials
  • CenturyLink Inc. - $36 billion merger with Level 3 Communications Inc.
  • Altice N.V. - Acquisitions of Suddenlink ($9.1 billion) and Cablevision ($17.7 billion)
  • Creat Group - $1.5 billion acquisition of Biotest AG
  • General Electric - $2.6 billion sale of its Industrial Solutions business division to ABB Verwaltungs Ltd
  • Koch Industries - sale of Invista Advanced Apparel & Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi (China)
  • 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 Semiconductor - $2.7 billion sale of its Standard Products business (known as Nexperia) to JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital
  • 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

  • Represented numerous businesses and trade associations on legislative and regulatory matters regarding the Foreign Investment Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”)
  • Advised 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.
  • 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)