Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's national security practice has vast experience advising clients ranging from large multinational companies to small start-ups on national security issues, notably the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), technology transactions, export controls and economic sanctions, cyber security, corruption and bribery, and privacy and data security. The firm's attorneys have deep experience in the national security community and counsel clients on all aspects of national security issues, including advising on various government licensing requirements; assisting with obtaining required government authorizations; and representing clients throughout government inquiries and investigations, board investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and congressional inquiries.

National security issues arise in many instances, particularly for companies in the information technology, aerospace and defense, government contracting, chemical and biotechnology, telecommunications, semiconductor design and manufacture, computer software and hardware, sensors, encryption, and electronic equipment and components sectors. Issues may arise when companies:

  • host foreign visitors for tours and meetings;
  • engage in cross-border transactions;
  • form foreign subsidiaries, offices, or joint ventures;
  • contract, directly or indirectly, with a U.S. or foreign government entity;
  • manufacture and export sensitive technology;
  • have cyber intrusions from malicious actors; and
  • engage in transactions pursuant to which a foreign person may acquire control or ownership of a U.S. business.

Our attorneys are uniquely positioned to provide specialized counsel in all of these areas and help companies navigate the range of national security issues associated with being innovative in a global economy.

Deep Experience in the National Security Community

Our attorneys have first-hand experience in the national security community, as they have worked for government agencies charged with enforcing national security statutes and regulations. They have served as senior officials in the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. military, and the U.S. Department of State—all of which are charged with enforcement of, and oversight over, national security laws and regulations. Further, because they understand how national security policies, laws, and regulations are made, they can serve as a bridge between clients and Washington, D.C.

The government entities charged with enforcing national security statutes and regulations, including enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of the Treasury, are committed to the enforcement of these laws and pursue both U.S. and foreign businesses.

Among other services, our national security team advises clients on the following matters: