Farhad Jalinous

Partner, Washington, DC


“Farhad Jalinous continues to be a leading lawyer in the national security arena, advising on CFIUS reviews. Interviewees say: ‘He is an excellent attorney with in-depth knowledge of the CFIUS area. He is very practical and understands the needs of the client.’”
Chambers Global, 2020


Farhad Jalinous is the Global Head of the Firm's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Reviews & US National Security/CFIUS practice. Farhad routinely represents clients from all over the world, including top Fortune 500 companies, in connection with the regulatory aspects of investing in the United States. His experience includes negotiating some of the most complex and sensitive national security agreements approved by the US government.

In particular, with over 30 years of experience, Farhad represents clients in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as before several agencies of the US government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and other cognizant security agencies, with respect to mitigation of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) under the applicable national industrial security regulations. He also represents clients in connection with the Team Telecom process.

Farhad routinely represents clients in all stages of the CFIUS process, including conducting due diligence to assess potential areas of national security concern, deal structuring and other strategic planning, negotiating purchase agreement terms to ensure client protection, developing strategies for engaging CFIUS and its member agencies, preparing CFIUS filings and managing follow-up inquiries, negotiating mitigation agreements, and guiding companies through mitigation implementation.

Farhad also routinely represents clients in FOCI adjudications and mitigation negotiations with US government cognizant security agencies. In that regard, he has advised and negotiated numerous majority and minority FOCI mitigation arrangements, including Proxy Agreements, Special Security Agreements, Security Control Agreements and FOCI Board Resolutions.

Farhad is widely regarded as one of the very top CFIUS and FOCI practitioners in the US legal market. For more than a decade, he has been consistently recognized as one of the top-tier CFIUS attorneys (Band 1) by Chambers Global and Chambers USA. He has also been recognized as a top-tier attorney by The Best Lawyers in America 2024. Chambers Global 2023 noted: "Farhad Jalinous is lauded for his capabilities in CFIUS reviews." Interviewees say: "He's very smart, understands commercial objectives and provides advice that is calibrated to considering risks. Farhad is very technically strong, respectful and easy to work with. He has a great business-oriented approach and great instincts on how to handle classified work in the US." Further, clients have also recognized Farhad for his "deep knowledge of the CFIUS process and stakeholders" in The Legal 500 US. Farhad is often quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, American Law Daily, The Daily Deal and others.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia
Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University


Speaking Engagements

"FDI Control Forum", June 22, 2023: Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and Fusions & Acquisitions, Editions Dealflow-Data, Paris, (moderator)

"A World of Clubs and Fences: Emerging Global FDI Trends", Legal 500 and White & Case, May 30, 2023 (speaker)

EU Pharamceutical Law Forum, "Growth of Foreign Direct Investment Screening: Impact on Licensing and M&A", Speaker, May 19, 2022: InformaConnect

"Regulatory proportionality of investment screening mechanisms" Webinar, Panelist, May 18, 2022: OECD

"CFIUS Reviews of Deals Involving Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)" Webinar, April 29, 2021: The Capital Forum (speaker)

CBA Foreign Investment Review Committee - International National Security Perspectives Panel, February 5, 2021 (speaker)

The Capital Forum CFIUS Conference – February 4-5, 2021 (speaker)

Concurrences FDI Webinar - February 2, 2021 (speaker)

"Goldman Sachs Legal Division - Invitation to Pillar One - White & Case Response," January 13, 2021, (speaker)

Wharton Aerospace 1492 Club Virtual Breakfast: FOCI Mitigation, December 9, 2020, (speaker)

"FDI regulations – The impact of the pandemic on deal-making" Webinar, December 7, 2020: White & Case and Ghorfa, (speaker)

Jefferies and White & Case CFIUS and Global M&A Event, September 30, 2020: Online, (speaker)

"Getting CFIUS Approval for Investments from and Deals with Foreign Businesses," July 2020: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"New CFIUS Regulations: Ensuring Compliance in the Evolving CFIUS Landscape," November 13, 2019: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"Key updates on the new regulations on Foreign Investments in the USA", October 22, 2019: Di Conference's annual M&A conference, Stockholm, (speaker)

CFIUS event co-presented by Jefferies Event Driven Strategies Desk and White & Case, September 19, 2019: New York, (speaker)

"New CFIUS Pilot Program: Expanded Jurisdiction, Reporting Requirements for Non-Controlling Investments", CLE Webinar, Strafford Publications, February 2019

"CFIUS Update and What FIRRMA Means for Industry", September 6, 2018: AmCham China Outbound Investment Forum, Beijing, (speaker)

"Border Control − Selective Globalization and Transnational Dealmaking", June 18, 2018: The M&A Advisor's 2018 Global Corporate Growth Seminar, New York (panelist)

"CFIUS and The Reform Initiative", April 13, 2018: American Bar Association (ABA) 2018 Business Section Spring Meeting, Acquisitions of Public Companies Subcommittee, (speaker)

Spring Series 2018: CFIUS and other FDI reviews – Hitting the wall and finding a way through, April 11, 2018: Frankfurt, (speaker)

American Conference Institute's 4th National Forum on CFIUS & Team Telecom, January 31, 2018, Washington DC, (conference co-chair); "Changes to CFIUS Reviews under the Trump Administration: The Outlook for FDI amid Shifting US Policy, Proposed Legislation and an Evolving Deal-Making Climate", (panel moderator)

"Cross-Border Deals – Protectionism and Inter-Jurisdictional Challenges," January 10, 2018: Credit Suisse 2018 Washington Perspectives Conference, (panelist)

"Economic Cooperation & Competition: US, China & Taiwan Perspectives," November 16, 2017: US-Taiwan Business Counsel public session (panelist)

"National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions," September 15, 2017: American Bar Association 2017 Business Law Section Annual Meeting, ABA Acquisitions of Public Companies Subcommittee (speaker)

"Key CFIUS Developments: Lessons from Recent CFIUS Decisions and Implications of the New Administration," September 6, 2017: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"National Security Reviews and the New Protectionism," June 27, 2017: Deutsches Aktieninstitut M&A Conference (speaker)

"Developing a Global Cross-Border M&A Filing Process: Dovetailing Your CFIUS Strategy with FDI Rules in Canada, the EU and China," February 1, 2017: ACI 3rd National Forum on CFIUS & Team Telecom, (speaker)

"The Promising Frontiers of US-Japan Cooperation in Defense Trade and Joint Development," December 19, 2016: Hudson Institute's Science, Technology and the US-Japan Alliance Symposium, (speaker)

"Mergers and Acquisitions in the US Market," October 11, 2016 China Merchants Bank's China-US M&A Forum, (speaker)

"If I Told You I'd Have to Shoot You: Due Process in Foreign Investment Review," October 7, 2016: Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Fall Conference, (speaker)

"Key CFIUS Developments: Lessons from Recent CFIUS Report and Cleared Transactions," July 8, 2015: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

March 11-13, 2014: UK Home Office Security and Policing Event, (speaker)

"Acquisition of USA Defense & Security Companies: What You Need to Know," November 6, 2013: Aerospace Defense Security Group Webinar, (presenter)

"Managing the Interplay of Export Controls and National Security: Integrating ITAR and NISPOM Requirements that Govern Foreign Nationals, Foreign Ownership and Release of Classified Information," May 14, 2013: American Conference Institute Global Export Controls Compliance Conference, (panelist)

April 10 & 16, 2013: China's PRC Bureau of National Defense Science and Technology Conference, (presenter)

"CFIUS Regulations and FINSA Compliance, Leveraging Lessons from Recent Transactions for Foreign Investment in the US," April 16, 2013: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)
April 6, 2013: ABA Business Law Spring Section Meeting, (speaker)

"CFIUS Regulations for Foreign Investment in the U.S.," April 11, 2012: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"UK Briefing on Investing in the US Defense and Security Sectors," March 13, 2012: Aerospace Defense Security Group, (speaker)

September 21-23, 2011: ABA Business Law Section's Global Business Law Forum, (speaker)

"Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence and Government Contractor Security Clearance," September 14, 2011: Webinar, (speaker)

"FOCI and Government Contractor Security Clearance," October 26, 2010: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"CFIUS Regulations for Foreign Investment in the US, Leveraging Lessons Learned One Year After the New FINSA Requirements," March 25, 2010: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)

"Strategies for Meeting FINSA Requirements," March 15, 2010: Webinar, (speaker)

"Regulations for Foreign Investment in the US," March 24, 2009: Strafford Publications Inc., (speaker)


Impact of Government Shutdown on US Antitrust Merger Enforcement and CFIUS Reviews, White & Case, 2023

Emphasis on Enforcement & New Regulatory Updates to Come: 5 Key Takeaways from CFIUS's 2023 Annual Conference, White & Case, 2023

President Biden Orders Establishment of New Program to Restrict US Outbound Investment in Certain Tech Sectors in China, White & Case, 2023

CFIUS 2022 Annual Report Shows Significant Increase in Imposition of Mitigation Measures and Other Notable Trends, White & Case, 2023

Securing investment: FDI screening and the mining & metals sector, White & Case, 2023

Keeping up with CFIUS: A Practitioner’s Report on National Security Trends in the United States, White & Case, 2023

Foreign direct investment reviews 2023: A global perspective, White & Case, 2023

CFIUS: The FDI watchdog bares its teeth, White & Case, 2023

CFIUS Issues New Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines, White & Case, 2022

Biden Issues First-Ever Presidential Directive Defining National Security Factors for CFIUS to Consider in Evaluating Transactions, White & Case, 2022

CFIUS continues its watchful eye on foreign investment, White & Case, 2022

CFIUS 2021 Annual Report Reveals Record Filings and Continued Encouraging Trends, White & Case, 2022

CFIUS Hosts Inaugural Conference, White & Case, 2022

Team Telecom Two-Year Anniversary, White & Case, 2022

Cross-border deals face increased CFIUS scrutiny, White & Case, 2022

Foreign direct investment reviews 2021: A global perspective, White & Case, 2021

Foreign direct investment reviews 2020: A global perspective, White & Case, 2020

National security expert on global trends, CFIUS scrutiny, more, Foreign Investment Watch, September 2020

What you need to know about foreign investment when considering M&As, International Investment, September 2020

Proposed Foreign Investment Scrutiny Adds to Fintech Deal Risk, CQ Roll Call, November 2019

Foreign Investment Review Heats Up Following CFIUS Reform, Bloomberg Law, October 2019

Tech deals defy changing times, White & Case, January 2019

Chinese Walls – Transgressing borders between national security and technology protectionism – The reform of the CFIUS process through FIRRMA as well as latest initiatives in Germany and Europe, Die Aktiengesellschaft, 2019

"How FIRRMA Changed National Security Reviews In 2018," Law360, December 17, 2018

CFIUS Reform Becomes Law: What FIRRMA Means for Industry, The M&A Journal, November 2018

CFIUS: FIRRMA Pilot Program Mandates Notification for Certain Critical Technology Transactions, The M&A Journal, November 2018

CFIUS: FIRRMA Pilot Program Covered Transaction Analysis Tool (whitecase.com/cfius-firrma-tool), White & Case, November 2018

National Security Reviews 2018: A Global Perspective, White & Case, 2018

"FIRRMA: Proposed CFIUS Legislation Would Bring Significant Changes", The M&A Journal, February 2018

"Navigating National Security Reviews Worldwide" (2017), Reprinted in The M&A Journal, February 2018

Raising the global bar for security clearance of cross-border transactions, White & Case, May 2018

"Grenzkontrollen am Ende der Seidenstraßen (Border Controls at the End of the Silk Roads)," Die Aktiengesellschaft, August 7, 2017

"Reducing M&A Risks in Relation to National Security Reviews: Ring-Fencing as a Potential Solution," Business Law Magazine, June 8, 2017

"Trends in 'Close Proximity' Issues at CFIUS," Law360, October 26, 2015

"Report Highlights Continued Need for CFIUS Planning," Law360, March 2, 2015

"Ralls Ruling Could Open Door to Other CFIUS Challenges," Law360, July 18, 2014

"How Chinese Companies Can Successfully Invest in the United States," China Legal Review, June 30, 2014

"D.C. District Court Dismisses Remaining Claim in Ralls Litigation: Implications for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Process," China Legal Review, October 28, 2013

"CFIUS Considerations Arising in the Acquisition of Distressed Assets in the United States," China Legal Review, July 30, 2013

"CFIUS National Security Agreements Can Impose Significant Constraints on Foreign Acquisitions," China Legal Review, April 28, 2013

"Ralls Litigation Challenges Authority of US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)," China Legal Review, September 27, 2012

"CFIUS Report Highlights Foreign Investment Trends," International Law Office Corporate Finance/M&A Legal Newsletter, March 31, 2010

"China Investment Bought into AES," New Century Weekly, 2010 Vol 12

"Best Practices in the Acquisition of a Government Contractor: Classified Contracts/CFIUS/Exon Florio," American Bar Association Best Practices Manual, December 2, 2009

"Mitigating Circumstances," The Deal.com, April 16, 2008

Awards and Recognition

Law360 International Trade MVP (2023, 2017)

Lexology Client Choice Award Winner, M&A in the US, 2024

Hall of Fame by Legal 500 US – International Trade: CFIUS, 2023

Leading Practitioner, Who's Who Legal: Foreign Investment Control, 2024

Featured in Who's Who Legal – Thought Leaders USA, 2024

Expert, Who's Who Legal - M&A and Governance: Foreign Investment Review, 2019-2023

Lexology Client Choice Award Winner, Foreign Investment Review in the US, 2023

Awarded CFIUS Team of the Year at the IFLR Americas Awards, 2021

Chambers Global

Chambers USA

The Best Lawyers in America: International Trade and Finance Law, 2020 – 2024

IFLR1000 2020 Notable Practitioner

Top Lawyer, Washingtonian