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Trade Wars, Tariffs, FIRRMA, and CFIUS: Your Top Questions Answered

  • Rock Center for Corporate Governance 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford, CA, 94305 United States (map)

Trade Wars, Tariffs, FIRRMA, and CFIUS: Your Top Questions Answered

You can’t turn the corner these days without hearing about CFIUS (The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States), tariffs, and the trade war, all of which have increased deal scrutiny, raising the stakes for careful management of cross-border transactions. Join The Rock Center for Corporate Governance and SVDX for a panel discussion of the most challenging issues that companies and investors will face in navigating the ever-changing regulatory framework and employing the latest strategies in mitigating risk. The expert panelists will address burning questions, including:

  • How and why has the regulatory landscape evolved so significantly in the last few years?

  • How can companies best structure M&A transactions and investments with Chinese investors?

  • How will FIRMMA’s rules on minority stakes affect the landscape?

  • What should companies be thinking about proactively to avoid getting caught in the regulatory web going forward?

  • Which industries will win and which ones will lose?

  • How can you protect your company while still focusing on growth?

  • What are some solutions that in-house counsel and investors have put in place recently to push their transactions forward?

  • How will tariffs impact a company’s supply chain? What are the trends we are seeing with respect to importing components?

  • What are the best practices and how to stay current in the ever-changing landscape?


Danish Hamid

Partner, DLA Piper

Danish (DAH-n'sh) Hamid is an international lawyer who focuses on internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and cross-border business transactions. He is experienced in high-risk M&A transactions and complex international sales, licensing, outsourcing, distribution, joint venture and foreign government and military procurement contracts.

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Catherine Lego

Director, Cypress Semiconductor, IPG Photonics, and Lam Research Corp.

Cathy Lego is currently the chair of the compensation committee and is a member of the nominating and governance committee for Lam Research Corp., a $9 billion semiconductor equipment supplier. Previously she chaired its audit committee. She is also a member of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee for IPG Photonics, a $1 billion laser components supplier. Recently she joined the board of Cypress Semiconductor and is a member of its audit committee.

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Louis Lehot

Partner and Co-Chair US Emerging Growth and Venture Capital, DLA Piper

Louis Lehot's corporate, securities and M&A law practice focuses on advising public and emerging private companies and their venture capital and private equity investors from formation to liquidity. Louis has domain experience in public offerings and private placements of equity, equity-linked and debt securities, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spinoffs, strategic investments and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance and securities law compliance matters.

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Nell O’Donnell

Former Vice President and General Counsel, Brocade Communication Systems, Inc

As Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Brocade, Nell O’Donnell is responsible for the company’s global legal work, including management of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance programs.

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Alan Sykes

Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at SIEPR, Stanford University

Alan O. Sykes is a leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems whose most recent scholarship is focused on international economic relations. His writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, international investment law and economic analysis of law.

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