Join us for an evening with the FT's Due Diligence

How national security took over M&A

A flurry of acquisitions by Chinese companies prompted countries throughout the West to rethink the way they conduct merger reviews, with policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly worried they are selling their crown jewels to a hostile Beijing.

Nowhere has this crackdown been more pronounced than in the US, where the Trump administration has used the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) in an unprecedentedly aggressive fashion to block deals.

As national security has risen on the M&A agenda, a new cadre of CFIUS lawyers have emerged as central players in cross-border dealmaking. Our latest Due Diligence event hears from two of the most prominent and experienced veterans members of the CFIUS bar.


Mark E. Plotkin

Partner; Covington & Burling LLP

Mark Plotkin — broadly recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent regulatory advocates — represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Ivan A. Schlager

Partner; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Ivan A. Schlager is head of the firm’s national security practice and serves on Skadden’s Policy Committee, the firm’s highest governing body. He provides counsel on structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions to address regulatory issues, including approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst.

James Fontanella-Khan

US Corporate Finance and Deals Editor

James Fontanella-Khan is US corporate finance and deals editor at the Financial Times covering deals across America. Previously he worked on Lex and as a correspondent in Brussels, New Delhi and Mumbai. He is the co-creator of the Due Diligence briefing.

Arash Massoudi

Corporate Finance and Deals Editor

Arash Massoudi has led the FT’s coverage of mergers and acquisitions since 2014 from London. He writes about the biggest deals, dealmakers and trends in global business. He is the co-creator of the Due Diligence briefing.

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