JOSHUA GRUENSPECHT

Of Counsel
Regulatory and Compliance

EXPERIENCE:

Joshua Gruenspecht is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advises clients in the telecommunications, technology, media, and defense sectors on transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters.

Joshua routinely represents domestic businesses and foreign entities before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Defense Security Service (DSS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), federal defense and intelligence agencies, state utilities commissions, and other government bodies on national security, cybersecurity, and communications matters. He has negotiated security agreements, information sharing agreements, and network and physical security plans and policies with CFIUS, DSS, the FCC, and various other federal agencies. He currently represents the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in connection with the rulemaking that will implement CFIUS reform legislation.

In addition, Joshua represents companies in cybersecurity-related matters, consults on cybersecurity policies and practices, and negotiates with government agencies over access to internal networks, source code, and sensitive business information. He has represented energy companies, technology companies, and online service providers before various federal agencies over cooperative information sharing and research and development agreements, including those granting governmental access to information protected pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Stored Communications Act, the pen/trap statutes, sector-specific regulations, and various federal and state privacy statutes. He also has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies in responding to congressional, federal, and state regulatory agency requests for information regarding their cybersecurity preparedness.

Prior to joining WSGR, Joshua worked at a multinational law firm based in Washington, D.C. He was previously a Cybersecurity Fellow with the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as an engineer working on network security research and development for the federal government and BBN Technologies, focusing on device exploitation and computer network exploitation.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:
  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies before CFIUS
  • Sprint Corporation in its $21.6 billion acquisition by SoftBank Corporation before CFIUS, DSS, the FCC, and various other federal agencies
  • Nokia Corporation in its $16.6 billion combination with Alcatel-Lucent before CFIUS
  • Freescale Semiconductor and a private equity consortium, including The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds (United Kingdom), and TPG Capital in Freescale's $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in:
    • its $2.3 billion sale of a 51 percent stake in H3C Technologies to Tsinghua Holdings before CFIUS and various other federal agencies
    • the $8.8 billion spin-merger of its software business with Micro Focus International
  • NICE in its $940 million acquisition of inContact before CFIUS, the FCC, and various other federal and state agencies
  • Thales in:
    • its $400 million acquisition of Vormetric before CFIUS and various other federal agencies
    • its $215 million acquisition of Guavus before CFIUS
  • China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre in its $362 million acquisition of the enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent S.A. before CFIUS
  • 21st Century Fox, Viacom, and other media companies in a variety of proceedings before the FCC
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2010
  • B.S., Yale University, 2002
HONORS:
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. in the areas of Telecom and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional
  • Recognized by DCA Live/Bisnow as a 2018 Rising Star of Law: 40 Under 40
  • Adjunct Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • "CFIUS Speaks (and Other Foreign Investment Restrictions)," NVCA Emerging Technology Meets National Security Conference 2018
  • "CFIUS," The Capitol Forum 2018
  • "The EU's Proposed New Foreign Direct Investment Screening Framework: What to Expect, and Comparative Perspectives from Canada and the United States," Canadian Bar Association 2018 CLE
  • "Cyber and Data Security for the GC: How to Stay Out of Headlines and Crosshairs," Ing3nious 2017 Northeast Information Governance Retreat
  • "CFIUS, Information Sharing, and Cybersecurity Threats," Infragard 2017 Western Regional Information Sharing Initiative (West-ISI)
  • "Cyber Crime in Today's Society," Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CISO Cybersecurity Forum 2016
  • "Cybersecurity and Privacy in 2015," Bloomberg BNA
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of Maryland

Contact Information

1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8817

Email | Joshua Gruenspechtjgruenspecht@wsgr.com


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