Christine specializes in advising clients on global foreign investment review regulations, particularly US national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) pursuant to Exon-Florio.
Christine guides companies through the CFIUS process, from the due diligence and contract negotiation phase, to the strategic risk assessment and notification and review phases. She has represented companies involved in transactions in a wide variety of sectors, and from a wide variety of investor countries, including many government owned investors. She also regularly coordinates the multi-jurisdictional assessment and review of cross-border transactions pursuant to foreign investment review regimes beyond the US.
She additionally advises clients on related regulatory notification requirements pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and national security regulations administered by the Defense Security Service (DSS).
With her additional experience analyzing the applicability to transactions of US law (ie the Hart–Scott–Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act) and other merger control laws, Christine regularly advises on the intersection of foreign investment and merger control regimes in cross-border transactions.
Christine has worked in Brussels, Beijing, Dubai (in-house secondment), and Washington on cross-border transaction and litigation matters.
Advising Smiths Group on CFIUS and foreign investment review of its $710m acquisition of Morpho Detection, a California-based threat detection solutions provider and subsidiary of Safran Group. Read more about the deal in our case study.
Advising Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping lines in the world, on: the CFIUS aspects of its $9bn merger with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping; and its merger with the container shipping activities of Chile’s Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores.
Advising a European-headquartered manufacturer of high-security radio-frequency identification inlays, on the US merger control and US national security review aspects of its potential sale to a French-headquartered technology company.
Advising Continental, a global automotive manufacturer, on the CFIUS review of its $1.6bn acquisition of US-based rubber company Veyance Technologies from private equity firm Carlyle Group.
Advising a large Chinese multinational chemical company on the US national security and foreign investment review implications of its acquisition of a German industrial manufacturing company.