Christine advises clients with respect to global foreign investment review regulations, including in particular with respect to US national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She is Special Counsel in the antitrust, competition and trade group, as well as the global sanctions and trade group.
Christine guides companies through the CFIUS process, from the due diligence and contract negotiation phase, to the strategic risk assessment and notification and review phases. She has represented companies involved in transactions in a wide variety of sectors and from a wide variety of investor countries, including many government owned investors.
She is a recognized expert on worldwide foreign investment review regimes and serves as a leader of the firm’s global Foreign Investment and Public Interest Review team. She combines her global perspective on foreign investment review regimes with her substantial experience advising clients in connection with CFIUS reviews to ensure a coordinated global approach. She additionally advises clients on related transactional notification requirements pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and national security regulations administered by the Defense Security Service (DSS). With her additional merger control expertise, Christine regularly advises on the intersection of foreign investment and merger control regimes in cross-border transactions.
Christine has worked in Brussels, Beijing, Dubai (in-house secondment), and Washington on cross-border transaction and litigation matters. She is a recognized expert within the global network on foreign investment review, and was recognized as one of a handful of “Leading Individuals” in the United States for Foreign Investment Review by Who’s Who Legal 2019.
Advising Smiths Group on CFIUS and foreign investment review of its $710m acquisition of Morpho Detection, a California-based threat detection solutions provider and subsidiary of Safran Group. Read more about the deal in our case study.
Advising Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping lines in the world, on: the CFIUS aspects of its $9bn merger with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping; and its merger with the container shipping activities of Chile’s Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores.
Advising a European-headquartered manufacturer of high-security radio-frequency identification inlays, on the US merger control and US national security review aspects of its potential sale to a French-headquartered technology company.
Advising Continental, a global automotive manufacturer, on the CFIUS review of its $1.6bn acquisition of US-based rubber company Veyance Technologies from private equity firm Carlyle Group.
Advising a large Chinese multinational chemical company on the US national security and foreign investment review implications of its acquisition of a German industrial manufacturing company.