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Investing, Trading and Doing Deals in a Dynamic World 2020

Speaker(s): Alan Levesque, Alex Hao, Giovanna M. Cinelli, Jahna Hartwig, John P. Carlin, Kaitlyn Alessi, Kim Strosnider, Marty Robinson, Nancy A. Fischer, Randall Cook, Robert (RJ) Arneson, 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.

Alan Levesque is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group LLC based in Washington, DC. Mr. Levesque has over 30 years of experience as a senior C-suite executive, practicing litigation attorney, in-house legal counsel, and compliance professional. He has led cross-functional teams in multiple global organizations and across sectors to develop, implement and sustain practical solutions to the most pressing corporate legal and compliance problems. He brings a broad perspective and diverse skillset to solve serious regulatory issues across a wide spectrum of compliance matters for clients of all sizes and industries. Mr. Levesque is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and Columbia University School of Law. He was most recently the Chief Ethics & Compliance officer of the Raytheon Company. 

Sue Gainor is a principal at Grey Point Consulting, LLC, a trade compliance and contracts management consulting practice. In this capacity, Sue provides clients in the defense and aerospace sector with expert advice on the global trade controls regulatory and policy environment; assesses and provides recommendations on corporate compliance, its infrastructure and operations; and engages with key policy makers and regulators to foster business-enabling results.  

From 2017-2020, Sue was vice president of Global Trade Controls for The Boeing Company. Leading a 280-person worldwide organization, Sue was responsible for all aspects of exports, imports, and sanctions compliance throughout the global Boeing enterprise.  

Prior to Boeing, Sue was Director, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), at the U.S. Department of State, leading all aspects of civil administration and enforcement of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Sue also held senior positions in multiple Department of Defense agencies/organizations focused on foreign military sales, security cooperation, technology security policy, direct commercial sales, and international affairs. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran and served as a Middle East intelligence officer. 

Sue has an MS in national defense resource strategy from National Defense University, an MA in international relations from George Washington University, and a BA in international affairs from Penn State University. 

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.

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.

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.

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, CFIUS, and Trade Remedies & Trade Policy, as well as in The Legal 500 U.S., International Trade (2015 – 2021) and Best Lawyers, International Trade and Finance Law (2021-2022). She is Chair of the Board 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.


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.


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


  • American Bar Association
  • Washington DC Bar Virginia Bar

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.