Foreign Investment & Trade

Weil’s Foreign Investment & Trade (FIT) team represents public companies, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth and other government-related funds in foreign direct investment reviews, including those conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as other trade-related regulatory processes associated with cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

Our team works collaboratively with the M&A and Private Equity teams on the structuring and negotiation of transactions in an effort to anticipate and address regulatory concerns in the earliest stages of transaction planning. Given our broad-based experience, we are able to help clients proactively identify, understand and resolve CFIUS issues, often during strategic corporate development planning. Our experience across business sectors helps our clients address potential national security concerns well before any engagement with CFIUS occurs.

Our FIT team also provides comprehensive strategic counseling related to a wide variety of international trade matters, including: transactional due diligence and compliance with sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); export controls administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); import/customs; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, anti-money laundering laws, anti-boycott laws and other international trade and investment matters.

The FIT team has deep experience in numerous industry sectors, including technology, telecommunications, energy, real estate, financial services, health care and pharma, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure and consumer goods.

Key Contacts

Shawn Cooley

Shawn B. Cooley


Washington, D.C.

Jenine Hulsmann

Jenine Hulsmann


London, Brussels

Niklas Maydell

Niklas Maydell


Brussels, London

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