Farhad Jalinous is a partner in the firm’s global international trade and global M&A practices, and 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 USA. His experience includes negotiating some of the most complex and sensitive national security agreements approved by the US government.
In particular, with over 25 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 cognisant 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 enquiries; negotiating mitigation agreements; and guiding companies through mitigation implementation.
Farhad also routinely represents clients in FOCI adjudications and mitigation negotiations with US government-cognisant 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 received both his JD and his BA from Georgetown University. 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 recognised as one of the top-tier CFIUS attorneys (band one) by Chambers Global and Chambers USA. He has also been recognised as a top-tier attorney by The Best Lawyers in America (2020). Chambers Global (2020) noted: “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.’" Further, clients have also recognised Farhad as “clear-thinking and well-connected” 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.