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Investing, Trading and Doing Deals in a Dynamic World 2020


Speaker(s): Alan Levesque, Alex Hao, Angelo A. Liberatore, Charles L. Capito III, Damara L. Chambers, Giovanna M. Cinelli, Jahna Hartwig, John P. Carlin, Kaitlyn Alessi, Kim Strosnider, Marty Robinson, Meena Sharma, Nancy A. Fischer, Randall Cook, Robert (RJ) Arneson, Sarah E. Kahn, Steven Klemencic, Sue Gainor, Vanessa Sciarra, Waqas Shahid
Recorded on: Feb. 20, 2020
PLI Program #: 276729

Jahna Hartwig currently leads Booz Allen’s International Trade Compliance program. She previously served as Director & Associate General Counsel at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford, Connecticut, where she headed the ITC Licensing & Operations division of the International Trade Compliance program.  She also previously managed the International Trade Compliance Program as Associate General Counsel for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and has been a partner at Williams Mullen, PC and an associate in the International Trade groups of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and at Kaye Scholer LLP. 

After obtaining her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1999, Jahna clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Aquilino, Jr. at the U.S. Court of International Trade.  She has been a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group and co-Chair of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.


John P. Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD), chairs Morrison & Foerster’s global risk and crisis management team and advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber and other national security matters, white collar investigations, and government enforcement actions.

Mr. Carlin has served as a top-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations, most recently as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the DOJ’s highest-ranking national security lawyer.  In this capacity, for which Mr. Carlin was nominated by the President and overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis, he oversaw nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, and cyber and other national security threats.

Prior to assuming his role in the NSD, Mr. Carlin served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to Robert S. Mueller, III, former director of the FBI, where he helped lead the FBI’s evolution to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyber threats. Mr. Carlin also held positions as National Coordinator of the DOJ’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program and Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cyber, fraud, and public corruption matters, among others, trying more than 40 cases to verdict.

Additionally, Mr. Carlin also chairs the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology policy program, which provides a cross-disciplinary forum for industry, government, and media to address the rapidly developing landscape of digital threats and craft appropriate policy solutions. He is also the author of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat, which provides an inside look into how we combat daily attacks on United States companies, citizens and government. and has been featured or cited as a leading authority on cyber and economic espionage matters by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS’s Charlie Rose and Newshour, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NPR, CNN, and Vanity Fair, among others.


Alan Levesque is the vice president and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) within the Raytheon Office of the General Counsel based in Arlington, Virginia. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Reporting directly to the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Levesque oversees global trade, ethics and international agreements in the ethics and compliance organization. He and his team establish standards and implement procedures to ensure Raytheon’s ethics and compliance programs throughout the enterprise are effective and efficient in identifying, preventing, detecting and correcting misconduct and noncompliance with applicable laws, regulations and Raytheon policies.

Previously, Levesque was vice president and counsel for Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he led development of an industry-leading and sustainable international trade compliance function for that highly-regulated global business.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Levesque was assistant general counsel at Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. and associate general counsel at Pratt & Whitney Engines.

Levesque served as vice president, general counsel and Chief Financial Officer for Nufern, Inc., held assistant general counsel and executive assistant positions for Otis Elevator and United Technologies Corp., respectively, and practiced as a civil litigation lawyer for Day Pitney LLP.

Levesque is a former United States Army Field Artillery officer, serving on active duty from 1980 to 1986.

Levesque received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University in New York.


Alex Hao is a partner at JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee. Alex has been practicing law in New York since 2003.

Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. In addition, Alex acts as outside general counsel for many Chinese clients doing business in the U.S. (including some of China’s largest developers, banks and manufacturers) and links them with U.S. lawyers and other professionals.

Clients report that “Alex has superb instincts, utmost discretion, a keen judgment, a unique ability to de-mystify the complex, and a phenomenal ability to bring in all the expertise that is needed, but never more than what's needed.” Because “he's always exactly where you need him, when you need him” and “extremely creative and responsive”, clients “would recommend Alex in a heartbeat" and “just can't imagine doing anything legal in China without his counsel.”

Alex frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal and business issues, and has been interviewed by leading Chinese and U.S. media. He is an adjunct professor at Fudan University’s Fanhai International School of Finance in Shanghai, and co-chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets in New York. Alex reads history avidly, studies Spanish and German, and travels the continents.


Angelo Liberatore is a Managing Director and lead strategist for the Jefferies Event Driven Strategies Desk. In this role, he generates proprietary market commentary and provides risk analysis and position management for the firm’s arbitrage/event-driven market making and trading activities. Angelo evaluates and predicts outcomes for announced/non-announced mergers, corporate restructurings, as well as hostile and activist M&A situations. Much of his time is dedicated to evaluating potential theories of competitive harm and regulatory risks that may arise in connection with potential and announced transactions.

Primary analysis is conducted via teleconferences and meetings with company management teams, industry competitors, customers, suppliers, industry trade representatives, legal counsel and industry experts. Risk analysis includes fundamentally and technically derived upside/downside analysis, implied vs. actual probability of close, estimating expected value and decision-tree outcomes, identification of deal milestones, assessment of systematic/unsystematic financing environment, evaluation of regulatory and political landscape, determining strengths/weaknesses of merger agreements and proxy statements and reviewing of corporate takeover defenses/management disposition. Angelo has performed these responsibilities for over twelve years, spending a portion of that time (over three years) at Millennium Management as co-portfolio manager in a dedicated merger arbitrage vertical. Prior to this, Angelo spent approximately ten years in equity research at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Banc of America Securities covering telecom equipment and data networking companies. He was also an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business for two semesters where he taught financial modeling as part of the core finance curriculum. Angelo graduated from Georgetown University with a finance major and theology minor, is happily married and lives with his wife and three children in the suburbs of New York.


Charles Capito, a member of the Litigation Department and part of the firm’s National Security, CFIUS, Sanctions + Export Controls and Government Contracts + Public Procurement Groups, is based in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Capito represents clients in several key regulatory areas. In the National Security space, he counsels frequently on the complex and evolving requirements of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as U.S. businesses and foreign investors balance their business plans against CFIUS’s considerable role in protecting U.S. national security. In this regard, he has assisted foreign investors and U.S. businesses through dozens of CFIUS reviews, including sensitive transactions requiring complex national security agreements with the U.S. government.

Mr. Capito also regularly advises clients on U.S. export controls regimes—the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations—and issues that government contractors face when subject to foreign ownership, control, and influence (FOCI).

As a seasoned practitioner in the Government Contracts space, Mr. Capito has assisted government contractors with a variety of litigation issues, with a focus on pre and post-award bid protests as well as contract claims and disputes, and he has extensive experience at the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the boards of contract appeals, and other judicial and administrative tribunals.

With experience in an array of complex federal regulations, Mr. Capito enjoys thinking strategically with clients to identify and address all potential legal considerations and working collaboratively across practice groups to ensure the client benefits from the firm’s many areas of expertise. He received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and his A.B. from Duke University.

 


Giovanna M. Cinelli is a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, resident in the Firm’s Washington, DC office, where she leads the Firm’s International Trade and National Security practice.  Throughout a career spanning over 30 years, she has represented and counseled defense, aerospace, financial, private equity, software, services and high technology companies on a broad range of issues affecting national security, including export investigations (civil and criminal), due diligence, sanctions and sanctions-related policies, post-transaction cross-border compliance, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, government contracts, export policy, and licensing. 

Ms. Cinelli continues to be ranked by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Chambers Lawyers Research as a “Leader in Their Field” for export controls and sanctions and CFIUS.

Congress considers her a subject matter expert in her field and she recently testified in April of 2018 before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade about revisions to the laws governing foreign direct investment in the United States – CFIUS.  In December of 2017, Congressman Pittenger, chair of the House Parliamentary Intelligence Forum, asked her to speak to over 100 representatives of the intelligence agencies of 30 countries about CFIUS, reforms and the role of export controls and cyber regulations to address current national security concerns.

In addition, she has been a member of working groups within the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) addressing CFIUS, technology transfer and related national security issues.

Ms. Cinelli has also been part of the Council on Foreign Relations closed workshops regarding the impact of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States and led panels that identified the key issues related to the national security implications of Chinese FDI in the United States.

Ms. Cinelli has lectured and written on strategic issues affecting international arms trades, technology transfer and export issues, with two book chapters and dozens of scholarly articles to her credit. She is recognized as a leader in the field.  She has appeared on CNN’s Burden of Proof and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews as an expert in international technology transfer, arms exports and related national security issues.

Concurrent with her legal career, Ms. Cinelli served as a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer specializing in former Soviet submarine platforms and international security issues.  She holds a Masters in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and an E.E. Certificate in National Security and International Security from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  She graduated from Catholic University School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law Journal.  In her spare time, she is a competitive amateur concert pianist and a violinist with the Washington Opera Society.  She is fluent in Italian and French and lives with her family in Virginia.


Kaitlyn (Kate) Alessi is a director at Ankura with over 13 years of professional experience in international trade compliance and U.S. government contracting. She has experience designing, implementing, leading, and sustaining U.S. export/import, technology control, and data security compliance programs and solutions for both U.S. and non-U.S. companies, with a focus on making compliance a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. She has extensive experience developing and enhancing compliance policies and procedures; creating and providing training; assessing and implementing critical technology controls; drafting and managing export authorizations; implementing automated compliance solutions; and operating under a government-imposed consent agreement.

Prior to joining Ankura, Kate was an international trade compliance manager and ITAR empowered official at an operating division of a leading multinational aerospace, technology, and defense company where she supported the compliance needs of over 3,500 engineers in addition to supporting the design, implementation, and operationalization of a world-class trade compliance program.

Leading up to those roles, she led the creation and deployment of a U.S. trade compliance program at a Sino-American aerospace joint venture while on an expatriate assignment in mainland China for another operating division of the multinational aerospace and defense company. Prior to that assignment, she served as an export licensing manager in the corporate office of the multinational aerospace and defense company, where she assisted its operating divisions in drafting and obtaining thousands of export authorization applications, provided compliance training and guidance, and facilitated the company’s transition to an automated export compliance system.

Earlier in her career, she served as a U.S. government contract specialist at another aerospace and defense company where she supported unmanned system programs.

Kate holds a Master of Arts in international trade and investment policy from The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Kim Strosnider advises companies on the application of international trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions, and antiboycott laws and regulations.

Co-chair of the firm’s International Trade Controls practice group, Ms. Strosnider counsels clients across a range of industries on trade control matters, including resolving complex compliance, enforcement, licensing, and jurisdiction/classification issues. She regularly advocates for clients before the key trade controls agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury.

Ms. Strosnider has led numerous internal investigations for clients on trade controls matters, and has helped companies design and implement compliance programs. She also frequently advises on trade control issues in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Among the areas in which Ms. Strosnider counsels clients are compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), economic sanctions programs administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and antiboycott programs administered by the Commerce and Treasury Departments. She also advises on compliance with ATF regulations and nuclear-related export controls.

Ms. Strosnider also has represented clients in state and federal court litigation and before arbitration panels.


Marty Robinson is the Minister-Counsellor (Economic) and Senior Treasury representative in the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. He commenced in this role in January 2018. His key areas of responsibility include matters on economic and fiscal policy, financial market regulation, taxation policy, foreign investment, competition and consumer policy.

Marty was previously a Principal Adviser on Social Policy in the Australian Treasury, where he led work on the development of policy and advice to Government on housing and social security issues between 2015 and 2017. During this time he headed work on the development of innovative financing models for affordable housing including chairing a Federal and State-level government Affordable Housing Working Group and an Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator Taskforce.

Marty has worked on a range of issues during his earlier period in the Australian Treasury between 2005 and 2014. These include banking and superannuation (pension fund) regulation in the Financial System Division and directing the development of costing and analysis of policy spanning personal, business and indirect taxation, as well as the Australian social security payments system. Marty was also the Executive Officer to former Treasury Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson.

Marty holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honors Econometrics) from the Australian National University, Canberra.


Meena Sharma is Deputy Director in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Investment Security Policy and International Relations. In her current role, Meena manages the process of drafting and finalizing the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), and other policy matters.  

Prior to joining Treasury, Meena practiced at Covington & Burling LLP, where she specialized in cross-border trade, investment and national security matters. This included advising clients on the national security reviews conducted by CFIUS as well as various export controls and economic sanctions compliance matters.

Meena received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was managing editor of the Law Review. She received her B.A. from Tufts University, where she graduated magna cum laude

Meena is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and was recognized by Diplomatic Courier as one of the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.”


Nancy Fischer, partner and leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Public Practices and Public Policy teams, is recognized as an authority on international trade law. Nancy advises a global clientele on international trade matters and dispute resolution and the impact of U.S. regulations on worldwide trade and investments. She provides guidance on export controls; embargoes; FCPA and other anti-bribery laws; CFIUS reviews; trade remedies; customs laws; and WTO and NAFTA disputes. Nancy has represented large industry coalitions in disputes, including a group of nuclear utilities in the first antidumping matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nancy is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers USA in International Trade, including for Export Controls & Economic Sanctions and Trade Remedies & Trade Policy, as well as in The Legal 500 U.S., International Trade (2015 – 2018). She is president and board member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce D.C., a member of the Society for International Affairs and a member of the Trade Policy Forum. Nancy graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.

Representative Experience

  • Advised a non-U.S. company on Commerce Department license exceptions relating to aircraft, the overlap of U.S. sanctions and export control policies, and obtaining licenses authorizing exports to a jurisdiction subject to U.S. sanctions.
  • Conducted extensive internal investigation related to alleged ITAR and EAR criminal and civil violations for a private security contractor and preparing comprehensive voluntary disclosures to DDTC, BIS and Census regarding exports of controlled items and provision of potential defense services.
  • Provided training sessions and internal assessments for global defense manufacturer on control of technology, technical data and derived data in the wake of U.S. export control reform.
  • Worked with a major electronics manufacturer to navigate the overlap of U.S. export controls and evolving sanctions policies for Iran which permit certain sales of consumer electronics and services to enable internet access and communication.
  • Advised major manufacturing companies with compliance and licensing issues in connection with proposed exports of products to Cuba.
  • Advised global satellite service providers on OFAC licensing and compliance.
  • Successfully navigated the CFIUS review process for a Chinese government-owned client in acquiring a global semiconductor equipment provider. Advised client on structural and other corporate transactional matters to minimize potential national security concerns.
  • Successfully obtained CFIUS approval for a U.S.-based manufacturer/distributor of chemicals and diagnostics products regarding an acquisition by a China state-owned enterprise. Assisted seller in comprehensive review of its export control compliance matters and its sales to various U.S. government agencies to facilitate CFIUS review process.


Sarah Kahn is the Co-Chair of DLA Piper LLP (US) Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Transactional Practice.  Her primary practice is in the area of corporate and securities, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions of both private and public companies, including manufacturers, technology developers and service providers, with special experience in mergers and acquisitions for clients in international aerospace, defense and government services (ADG). She also counsels her ADG clients in connection with their joint ventures and has a very active practice for her ADG and other clients on matters of national security, including national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the structuring of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation arrangements under applicable national industrial security regulations.

Ms. Kahn’s has represented ADG clients in scores of cross-border in-bound acquisitions, including transactions involving the acquisition of businesses that undertake classified work for the U.S. government.  She has negotiated various FOCI mitigation arrangements with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (formerly known as the Defense Security Service), as well as national security agreements with CFIUS. Her CFIUS work has involved a large variety of clients, including clients based in Europe, Asia and Africa, in sectors ranging from ADG, to critical infrastructure, telecommunications, transportation, energy, and real estate. 

Ms. Kahn has been continuously ranked by Chambers USA for nearly a decade, named as an Up and Coming Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year finalist by Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, and named as the Top Washington Lawyer for Corporate M&A by the Washington Business Journal.


Steve Klemencic is a Managing Director at Ankura with extensive experience in evaluating, assessing, auditing, and monitoring foreign mergers, acquisitions, and other investment transactions in the United States that may impact US national security. Steve has worked closely with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and supported both law firms and transactional parties in all stages of the CFIUS review process. Steve personally has served as the compliance auditor on several transactions and provided expert advice on national security issues to US and foreign parties in their transaction planning. Additionally, he developed a supply chain integrity assessment, and provided cyber threat actor profile assessments to companies in the technology and health care sectors. As a senior analyst at the National Intelligence Council, he developed and implemented the threat assessment review process that is currently used to assess security risks that may be posed by foreign parties to transaction notification to the CFIUS. Steve served 21 years in the US Navy, retiring as a Commander. He is based in Washington, DC.


Sue Gainor is vice president of Global Trade Controls for The Boeing Company. She is responsible for export and import activities throughout the Boeing enterprise, including strategy development in response to changing export/import regulatory policies, trade control infrastructure, regulatory tracking, operational activities and related compliance requirements. She serves as the primary interface to government agencies for global trade control matters and is a member of the Office of Internal Governance and Administration leadership team, reporting to Diana Sands, Boeing senior vice president, OIG and Administration. In addition, she is part of the Boeing International functional leadership team, supporting Marc Allen, President of Boeing International.

Most recently, Gainor had been director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance at the State Department. There she led all aspects of defense trade compliance, while also streamlining processes and actively engaging with industry and government stakeholders. Previously, she served in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Defense Technology Security Administration, and the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.

Gainor has extensive private sector experience working for more than 15 years in industry as an analyst in fields from intelligence to terrorism to advanced tactical systems, and has lived and worked in several countries around the world.

She also served in the U.S. Air Force on active and reserve duty performing intelligence functions. Gainor has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Penn State University, and master’s degrees in international relations from George Washington University and National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.


Vanessa P. Sciarra is the Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).

Vanessa previously served as Vice President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT). Her additional experience includes working in the private sector, most recently with the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent LLP in their Washington, D.C. office. Her law firm experience included a broad range of international trade matters representing a diverse group of clients in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical devices, trucking, and shipping sectors. She advised these clients in the areas of customs, export controls, and economic sanctions compliance as well as antidumping and countervailing duty cases. She routinely appeared before the key U.S. trade agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Prior to entering private practice, Vanessa served as an Assistant General Counsel with USTR in Washington, D.C. While in that position, she worked on the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), particularly with respect to services, investment and dispute settlement obligations. She also served as legal counsel during the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) and participated in the drafting of the Uruguay Round implementing bill.

Vanessa has also served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division. In this position, she represented the U.S. government in cases involving the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, customs matters, and government contracts. She regularly briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Vanessa is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Yale College, her M.Sc., with distinction, in Economics (International Relations) from the London School of Economics, and her J.D. from the Yale Law School.


Waqas Shahid is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura with more than 15 years of multidisciplinary legal, compliance and technology experience, including counseling companies on enterprise compliance and operational risk mitigation (including in the areas of international trade, environmental, and data security/privacy); designing, building, and deploying corporate compliance programs and solutions; conducting internal investigations; and designing and deploying scalable process automation solutions. He is based in New York.

Before joining Ankura, Waqas was a Senior Attorney at a leading aerospace and defense company and led numerous enterprise compliance investigations, conducted enterprise-wide technology systems compliance reviews, and designed and implemented scalable compliance solutions. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at a global Am Law 100 firm, where he counseled numerous clients on trade compliance, environmental, and data security and privacy matters.  Waqas also has extensive experience developing  and  deploying  critical  compliance  software  and  process automation solutions.

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Cum Laude
  • BS, Computer Science, University of Virginia, with High Distinction

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington DC Bar Virginia Bar


Damara is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins and co-leads the firm’s National Security practice. She advises clients on cross-border investment and national security matters, including national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Defense Security Service (DSS), Department of Energy and other cognizant agencies, and on the application of international trade controls, including export controls and economic sanctions.

Damara is recognized in Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2019) for her extensive experience advising clients before CFIUS and advising companies regarding the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under national industrial security regulations administered by DSS, Department of Energy and other agencies. She has been involved in negotiating some of the most significant national security agreements with the U.S. government and has represented clients on a variety of landmark CFIUS and FOCI matters. 

In her export controls and economic sanctions practice, she advises companies on compliance and enforcement matters relating to U.S. export controls administered by the Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); economic sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury; and import and licensing requirements imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). She also frequently advises on trade control issues in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.


Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience as a former federal prosecutor, in-house executive leader and counsel, Inspector General, law firm attorney, and US Army officer leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational, compliance, and risk mitigation challenges. Randy assists companies, organizations, investors, and counsel to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and US trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.

Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 aerospace technology companies, where he built and led global compliance and investigation programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the US Department of State.

Randy also was an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives and as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Previously, he was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.

Randy served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Inspector General. He is currently assigned as an instructor in the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field-grade officers.

Randy’s professional experience includes:

  • CFIUS Monitorships: Supervised design and implementation of CFIUS-required independent third party monitorship programs for: a global technology company that recently acquired software products used by US Government agencies; a global financial services company that was acquired by a Chinese multi-national conglomerate; and a sensitive solar power facility. In each instance, the program includes collaborative development and monitoring of sensitive data management, minimization, and security elements; training; incident identification and reporting; non-retaliation; insider threat; cyber security; system and product integrity assurance; and physical security.
  • Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts for a large public utility following a catastrophic hurricane. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for Stafford Act compliance, conducted a compliance assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
  • Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design a post-audit compliance program for fortune 500 international manufacturer. Approach integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements.
  • Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program for a fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the US Department of State. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
  • As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 aerospace technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period.
  • As an Assistant US Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
  • As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; and corporate defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
  • As a Lieutenant Colonel for the US Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an Inspector General, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and led organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Executive Officer, Task Force Operations Officer, and Company Commander, he provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.


RJ Arneson provides strategic guidance for mergers and acquisitions with a focus on national security implications.

   Mr. Arneson previously served with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for over two decades.  In a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, Mr. Arneson worked in all major NSA directorates, where he applied his experience in signals intelligence, cybersecurity, foreign affairs, and research and development.

Most recently, Mr. Arneson led the NSA team that provides technical analysis to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In that role he reviewed hundreds of cases, developed risk mitigation strategies and agreements where feasible in order to permit the commercial transaction to proceed while protecting U.S. national security interests. He also was responsible for compliance and monitoring of these agreements that required extensive site visits and close coordination with the companies in the United States and worldwide.

Prior to joining NSA, Mr. Arneson spent many years leading marketing and business development activities for a variety of major aerospace defense firms and small businesses. He has conducted assessments of technology companies seeking additional capital and developed strategies for capturing programs and funding. His experience includes international sales and marketing as well as multi-cultural engagements.