National Security

Wilson Sonsini has a highly regarded national security practice group. Our national security group includes many attorneys ranked nationally and internationally by various ranking services. We advise clients—ranging from U.S. and foreign investors, to large multinational companies, to small start-ups, to industry associations—regarding an array of U.S. national security, foreign policy, and related legal issues, including the following:

Clients seek our advice regarding the applicability of various government prohibitions and licensing requirements and other approvals; assistance with obtaining such approvals; government inquiries and investigations, internal company and board investigations, and diligence and negotiations regarding investments and mergers and acquisitions.

National security issues arise frequently for technology and life science companies and investors, particularly in the context of cross-border transactions and the movements of goods, technology, people, services, and money. We are well-positioned to navigate these issues, drawing not only on our industry experience but also on our experience in the U.S. government. Our national security attorneys have served as officials in the U.S. Departments of Defense (both civilian and military officers), Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, the CIA, and the White House. We can serve as a bridge between clients and Washington, D.C.

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    Citiking International US LLC

    Citiking International US LLC (Citiking), a Chinese-controlled investment fund, received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the acquisition of ONE Aviation. Citiking’s acquisition rescued the company from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ensure its continued operations.