Shannon Reaves serves as a partner in the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice Group. He specializes in conducting reviews for cross-border transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), managing matters related to industrial security, such as foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation before the US departments of Defense and Energy, and export control compliance.
Shannon assists clients with analysis of transactions in advance of potential CFIUS filings, due diligence to identify potential national security concerns, and guidance through the CFIUS review and investigation processes. Clients look to Shannon to assess whether specific transaction structures fall under CFIUS’ jurisdiction, negotiate deal terms with government entities and prepare necessary filings. Additionally, he provides counsel on FOCI mitigation and compliance matters. He has more than a decade of experience negotiating FOCI mitigation agreements, including special security agreements, proxy agreements, security control agreements and FOCI board resolutions.
Over the years, Shannon has represented clients in hundreds of CFIUS reviews and numerous FOCI mitigation negotiations, conducted industrial security due diligence for various transactions, and investigated regulatory violations, including those related to FOCI mitigation, sanctions and export controls.
Before joining the firm, Shannon practiced law at an international firm, where he also focused on national security, CFIUS and compliance matters. During his time at the American University Washington College of Law, he gained experience as a judicial intern for Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in the US District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.