National Security


In recent years, more countries have been bolstering their national security-related regulatory regimes. This national security emphasis is evident across disciplines, from regulatory review of foreign direct investment and cybersecurity policies, to cross-border trade controls and immigration rules. National security issues affect both global and domestic companies and require an understanding of not only local policies, but also international trends in an environment in which globalization is an ever-increasing reality.


A comprehensive solution across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines

White & Case has an experienced global and multi disciplinary National Security team that collaborates efficiently to offer seamless and globally coordinated cross-border counseling in major regulatory and business centers around the world. Our team can help clients ensure that their cross-border business transactions—whether merger or acquisition, trade deal, development and implementation of compliance policies, or adoption of an inter- or intra-business technology policy—comply with the complex and varying national security requirements worldwide.

Our international, on-the-ground presence enables our lawyers to provide a coordinated global strategy while also addressing the nuances of a particular region or country. We serve the needs of clients in the US, the UK, the EU, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. This balance and coordination across our network endows our team with an unmatched level of global innovation and provides unrivaled counsel to our clients on their most difficult national security-related business challenges.

Our global team regularly represents clients in national security reviews of complex and sensitive investments by government regulatory regimes. We have particular expertise in the US representing clients in reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), enabling foreign-owned companies to hold security clearances issued by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and other US security agencies, and perform on classified work for the US Government, as well as representing clients in national security reviews before Team Telecom. This experience also extends to other national security review regimes globally.

Along with national security reviews by regulatory agencies, we have extensive experience across a full spectrum of domestic and cross-border services, including:

  • M&A and Transactional Advisory, including project development and project finance transaction support, and antitrust/merger control regulatory review
  • International Trade, including investigations and compliance counseling regarding sanctions, export controls and other trade restrictions
  • Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and litigation venues both global and domestic
  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, including data protection compliance to meet local regulatory requirements
  • Anti-Corruption, including compliance and internal investigations relating to the US FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption regimes, as well as response to government investigations and litigation defense


To find out more about our work with international sanctions please click here.

Visit our new CFIUS Pilot Program Covered Transaction Analysis Tool

Download our National security reviews 2018: A global perspective thought leadership piece

Download our Global M&A and National Security brochure

Download our Summary of rules on foreign investment in the European Union



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