Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s lawyers and public policy professionals have broad experience advising and representing clients on all aspects of the federal government’s review of major corporate transactions, especially those of a sensitive or controversial nature, including proposed transactions with potential antitrust, national security, foreign policy and/or other significant legal, regulatory, policy or political implications.
In certain politically sensitive transactions, it is prudent to affirmatively engage policymakers and stakeholders to address issues that might arise. The firm has significant experience, for instance, advocating before Congress and the executive branch on behalf of parties to corporate mergers and acquisitions that will be subject to antitrust reviews at the Department of Justice or Federal Trade Commission. Additionally, Akin Gump has represented parties to numerous transactions involving national security reviews of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies conducted by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In these cases, lawyers and other professionals from our international trade and public law and policy practices will team with members of other relevant firm practices (e.g., telecommunications, government contracts, energy, corporate and private equity), as necessary, to address issues raised by CFIUS members, congressional committees or individual legislators. In many cases, these issues can be addressed effectively before the notice of the transaction is filed with CFIUS. In transactions that may involve high-profile U.S. policy or political issues, efforts may be required in addition to the formal CFIUS process. In such cases, Akin Gump CFIUS practitioners would evaluate the need for—and, as necessary and appropriate, develop and implement—coordinated public policy outreach to support the transaction. The firm approaches such cases with a fully integrated and coordinated team to address the full spectrum of regulatory, policy and political issues that may be implicated by the transaction.