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Foreign Direct Investment Controls: Globalization in Reverse?

Start Date: 05/28/2020

Start Time: 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EDT
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. BST
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CEST
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. CST

Duration:60 minutes


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) controls are proliferating; new jurisdictions are adopting FDI screening mechanisms, while governments with existing regimes are expanding their powers and becoming more active in their enforcement. This trend of enhanced controls emerged before the pandemic but has been accelerated by concerns that companies weakened by the economic fallout from COVID-19 are at risk of foreign takeover.

The Foreign Direct Investment Controls: Globalization in Reverse? webinar, presented by Dechert LLP and the Brunswick Group, offers you key legal and strategic insights on the following issues:

  • The impact of the new EU FDI Regulation on foreign investment control in Europe.
  • A comparative perspective from CFIUS.
  • How the upswing in foreign investment control affects international investments and acquisitions.

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Alec Burnside


Mr. Burnside practices EU and UK law, working on cartels, dominance, mergers, and state aid, as well as the control of foreign direct investment and EU law more generally. Over the past three decades Mr. Burnside has played key roles for leading corporations, global industries and governments on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, energy and natural resources, financial services, manufacturing, military, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms, and transport and logistics. He appears before the European Commission and the UK's Competition & Markets Authority, and in court appeals from their decisions, and is admitted to practice in both England and Belgium.

He has handled many cases involving national security issues, for example in the energy, natural resources and military/defence sectors. Mr. Burnside has been widely published over many years, actively advancing law reform initiatives. Currently he is particularly invested in the themes around Big Data and the tech industry, as well as antitrust and sustainability, focusing also on the new EU FDI regulation.

Mark E. Thierfelder


Mark E. Thierfelder is chair of the firm's corporate and securities group, chair of the global private equity practice and member of the firm's Policy Committee. He concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In particular, Mr. Thierfelder represents leading private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a full range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, leveraged financings, restructurings, and reorganizations. In addition, he negotiates, structures, and executes corporate transactions on behalf of strategic buyers and sellers, and has significant experience representing banks and other institutional lenders in leveraged financings and restructurings. Over the course of his 25+ year career, Mr. Thierfelder has acted on some of the most significant transactions in the market and has been consistently top-ranked for M&A and Private Equity by publications including Chambers, The Legal 500 and IFLR.

Jeremy Zucker

Partner, Dechert LLP

Washington D.C.

Jeremy B. Zucker, co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice, advises clients on international trade regulatory compliance matters, including in relation to anti-bribery (the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)), export controls (the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)), economic sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the anti-money laundering (AML) provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Mr. Zucker is a former member of the Sanctions Subcommittee of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Mr. Zucker advises clients on the application of these laws to current activities and contemplated acquisitions; he also assists in all aspects of managing compliance with these laws: developing corporate compliance programs; conducting risk assessments and compliance audits; leading internal investigations; and representing clients before relevant agencies in connection with license requests, government inquiries, and enforcement proceedings. Mr. Zucker has conducted complex internal investigations in challenging locations across Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. Mr. Zucker also has extensive experience advising on national security reviews of foreign direct investment (FDI) by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He has represented foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets in connection with many dozens of investment transactions, and, when necessary and appropriate, he has negotiated national security agreements in order to secure CFIUS approval. Mr. Zucker has testified before the U.S. government regarding development and reform of regulations applicable to reviews of foreign investment and has assisted clients in their provision of commentary regarding the development of regulations giving effect to FIRRMA. In addition, Mr. Zucker advises clients regarding U.S. government surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). He has represented clients before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, as well as at the White House. Mr. Zucker also represents companies and individuals regarding audits, investigations, and sanctions proceedings in matters of suspension and debarment before U.S. government and multilateral bodies. In 2019, Mr. Zucker was named one of the top sanctions lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Global Investigations Review and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US. He was named one of the Top 10 Rising Stars Under 40 in International Trade by Law360 in 2010.

Neal Wolin

Chief Executive Officer

Neal Wolin is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brunswick Group, based in Washington, D.C. He leads the firm’s operations across 23 offices in 14 countries and advises clients on a wide range of matters across industries. He was previously a Senior Counselor at Brunswick advising clients on significant financial, M&A, regulatory and public affairs issues. Prior to joining Brunswick, Neal was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013 – the longest serving in U.S. history – and Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013. As Deputy Secretary, Neal served as the Treasury Department’s Chief Operating Officer and was Chair of CFIUS. He is one of the world’s experts on US regulation and national security, particularly in M&A situations, and he has advised many clients on CFIUS matters. Prior to the Treasury, Neal was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group. He previously oversaw the company’s legal, government affairs, communications, marketing and tax functions.

Philippe Blanchard

Managing Partner

Philippe leads the Brussels office and advises clients on strategic communications and public affairs for issues campaigns, regulatory engagement and transactions. He works with a diverse range of industries, including financial services, transport, energy, ICT and food.

Philippe was previously head of public affairs EMEA for Hill & Knowlton and started his career as an in-house adviser in the Brussels office of aeronautics and defense group The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company NV (EADS).

Sir Jonathan Faull

Chair of European Public Affairs

Sir Jonathan Faull joined Brunswick after a distinguished career at the European Commission working at the highest level on a wide range of policies including competition, justice and home affairs, transport and financial services. As the Commission’s most senior British official his recent roles included Director-General Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, as well as Director-General of the Task Force for strategic issues related to the UK Referendum.
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