PRACTICE AREAS


Shannon Reaves is an Associate in the National Security/CFIUS/Compliance group of Stroock's Washington, DC office. He focuses his practice in the areas of Exon-Florio reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), industrial security, including Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) mitigation matters before the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, and export control compliance.

Mr. Reaves represents clients in pre-CFIUS filing analysis, CFIUS reviews and investigations and advising companies regarding FOCI mitigation/negation compliance issues and major defense industry acquisitions. Mr. Reaves routinely negotiates and prepares FOCI mitigation/negation arrangements, including Special Security Agreements, Proxy Agreements, Security Control Agreements and FOCI Board Resolutions. He has also participated in hundreds of CFIUS reviews, has conducted industrial security due diligence for transactions and has investigated export control violations. As a member of a team defending a major pharmaceutical company, Mr. Reaves has taken numerous depositions.

Prior to joining Stroock, Mr. Reaves was an Associate with a major international law firm, where he also focused on national security, CFIUS and compliance issues. 

While at the American University Washington College of Law, Mr. Reaves was a judicial intern for Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.  He also served as a student attorney in the school’s Civil Practice Clinic and represented clients in the District and Circuit Courts of Montgomery County, Maryland. 


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representation of German multi-national corporation before CFIUS and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls in connection with the German corporation’s $5 billion acquisition by a Chinese corporation, the largest acquisition of a German company by a Chinese investor, and the first Chinese corporate acquisition of a publicly traded German company.
  • Over 100 Exon-Florio reviews before CFIUS on acquisitions ranging in value from less than $1 million to several billion dollars.
  • Established numerous FOCI mitigation arrangements in compliance with national industrial security regulations.
  • Export control compliance matters before the Department of State and the Department of Commerce.
  • Representation of a major Italian industrial group operating globally in aerospace, defense and security sectors; advice and counsel concerning U.S. national security regulatory approvals for acquisitions.
  • Representation of the world’s largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components; advice and counsel on national security issues.
  • Representation of major British defense company in numerous acquisitions of U.S. national security contractors.
  • Representation of one of the world's leading aerospace and defense electronics companies; advice and counsel in national security issues related to strategic Foreign Direct Investment ("FDI") acquisitions in the United States.
  • Representation of a major U.K. electronics firm in its acquisition of several U.S. defense businesses.

HONORS & AWARDS

Mr. Reaves has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as an "Associate-to-Watch" for his work in the practice area of International Trade: CFIUS Experts.


SPEECHES & EVENTS

  • Speaker, "The Annual Aerospace & Defense Acquisitions Roundtable," Washington, DC, April 19, 2016
  • Speaker, Special Briefing for Embassy of the United Kingdom, Washington, DC, February 26, 2016

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, "The National Industrial Security Program Directive: Some Hits, Some Runs, Some Errors," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 13, 2017
  • Co-author, "NISPOM Amendments Affect All Cleared Contractors," Pratts Government Contracting Law Report, September 2016
  • Co-author, "NISPOM Amendments Affect All Cleared Contractors," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 25, 2016
  • Co-author, "China On Top: China Dominates CFIUS Reviews for Third Year in a Row," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 19, 2016
  • Co-author, "What Real Estate Cos. Need To Know About CFIUS Reviews," Law360, January 5, 2016
  • Co-author, "CFIUS and The Waldorf Astoria," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 21, 2015
  • Co-author, "FOCI Mitigation Update: DSS Moves to a Risk-Based Approach and the NID Process Sees Incremental Improvement," Stroock Special Bulletin, November 23, 2015
  • Co-author, "How DOD Is Streamlining National Interest Determinations," Government Contracts, Aerospace & Defense and Public Policy Law360, February 24, 2015
  • Co-author, "New DoD Policy Seeks to Streamline National Interest Determination Process," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 12, 2015
  • Co-author, "2014 Regulatory and Compliance Ups and Downs - Developments of Interest to Foreign Investors and Others in the National Security Sector," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 26, 2015
  • Co-author, "New Rule Requires Reporting Foreign Investment in U.S. Businesses and Real Estate: Reporting Deadline for 2014 is January 12, 2015," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 18, 2014
  • Co-author, "For Companies Operating Under Approved FOCI Mitigation Plans: A Shared Services Plan Checkup Can Avoid Unnecessary Costs," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 5, 2014

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

District of Columbia, Virginia


EDUCATION

J.D., The American University, 2009; Member, The Modern American Magazine

B.A., University of Virginia, 1997

PUBLICATIONS

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