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National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance


Companies that contract with the government, participate in government programs or engage in business that implicates US national security interests operate in complex circumstances and often face unique problems as a result. Kaye Scholer’s preeminent National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance Group is singularly focused on helping these businesses navigate government sensitivities that arise in M&A and joint venture transaction, litigation and regulatory compliance settings. Our lawyers, many of whom are located in Washington, DC and have prior federal government experience, represent a wide array of clients across all industries, including the defense and aerospace, life sciences, technology, and energy.

Mark J. Maier
National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance Department
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Ronald K. Henry
National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance Department
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Adam Golodner
Complex Commercial Litigation DepartmentLeader, Global Cybersecurity & Privacy Group
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The Numbers: Our Accomplishments

  • 2 Billion Dollar value of national security matters on which we advised in 2014
  • 15-20 Percentage of all transactions notified to CFIUS each year that we regularly represent
  • 20+ Years we have helped clients around the globe negotiate the CFIUS process

Capabilities: How We Do It

  • Go-to firm for CFIUS matters: High-value critical infrastructure transactions, including in the areas of energy, ports, mining, transportation, and communications.
  • Unparalleled FOCI mitigation experience: Matters that fall under both the Department of Defense and Department of Energy FOCI programs), which, as a niche and complex regulatory area, can be a critical element of transactions notified to CFIUS.
  • Global access: We are adept and experience in sensitive, nontraditional markets (e.g., China, Middle East) as we are with our traditional European and Canadian client base. We have successfully advised clients from Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  • Ports America Group, Inc.: CFIUS filing in connection with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) minority investment in Ports America.
  • Safran USA (SUSA): Represented before CFIUS in its $270 million acquisition of the Aerospace Power Distribution Management Solutions and Integrated Cockpit Solutions Businesses of Eaton Corporation, Eaton Aerospace LLC, and Eaton Industries Manufacturing GmbH. SUSA is ultimately owned by Safran SA, a French publicly traded company.
  • Technology Control Company Ltd. (TCC) (a company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia): Multi-tier minority investment in Digital Signal Corporation (DSC), a world leader in facial recognition and identity management solutions. TCC provided $50 million in funding for DSC, and has the option to increase the investment up to a total of approximately $110 million within a year following the initial investment.
  • Ultra Electronics Defense Inc. (UEDI): CFIUS filing in connection with its acquisition of 3 Phoenix Inc. (3PI). UEDI is ultimately owned by Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra), a British publicly traded company. Total consideration for the transaction was $70 million, plus an additional $17 million subject to earnings growth over the next three years. 3PI is a system design, research and development, engineering, and production company that is focused on complex real-time sensor and processing systems primarily for the US Navy.