Foreign Investment and Innovation:
How the New CFIUS Might Disrupt AI, Biotech, Cryptocurrency, and More

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion on the new powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  We will summarize CFIUS's new statutory authorities, the newly effective pilot program implementing certain selected new CFIUS powers, and the development of the new regulations over the next year and beyond.  We'll provide an overview of "critical technologies" – the set of technologies of interest as designated by CFIUS. We'll also discuss when and how startups and venture funds are electing to take practical steps to limit or allocate CFIUS risk, and when and how those investors and companies are electing to file with CFIUS.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) and its impacts on CFIUS
  • The CFIUS pilot program and the forthcoming rulemaking
  • How "critical technologies" are defined now, and how that definition may expand
  • How investors and companies are approaching CFIUS risks

Joshua Gruenspecht
Of Counsel

Stephen Heifetz

Melissa Mannino
Of Counsel

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Registration/Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. Pacific
Program - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Pacific

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Rd.
Palo Alto, CA


If you are located in the vicinity of any of our international offices,
please email Nancy Farestveit to find out how you can access this program.