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MedLabs InnoTalk Series 

CFIUS and Trade Controls 

in Life Science

 Episode One  Wednesday, August 18th, Online Zoom Webinar
 Episode Two   Wednesday, September 1st, Online Zoom Webinar

In this two-episode InnoTalk Event, we are pleased to invite Judith Allison Lee, Co-Chair at the International Trade Regulation and Compliance Practice Group and Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Carl Valenstein, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The webinars will guide you through the details of FIRRMA as well as the intention of the rules, how they are impacting investors and companies, and what to expect in the future.

Each webinar is one hour in length, consisting of a welcome intro by Dr. Ella Li, CEO of ZGC Capital, a 40-minute informative speech by the speaker, and a Q&A session.


 Episode One  Judith Alison Lee: How Startups Managing the Sanctions, Export Controls and CFIUS Risks

  • Definitions of Economic Sanctions, Sanctions, Export Controls and CFIUS Risks

  • How trade controls and regulations impact global business

  • Whether a company is ready to answer investors’ questions with respect to national security concerns that may be implicated by its business in the event that foreign investors acquire a minority or controlling interest.

  • How to identify whether a product/technology is potentially covered by an export license requirement

  • Advices to U.S. companies that operate within the biotechnology and life science industries

 Episode Two  Carl Valenstein: CFIUS issues in Life Science Investment and Venture Capital Transactions

  • CFIUS due diligence and standard contractual provisions from the company and investor perspectives Increased risk of CFIUS reviews of non-notified transactions

  • Difference between mandatory and voluntary CFIUS filings

  • Key issues for life sciences companies

  • Key planning techniques for not having a “covered transaction”

Judith Alison Lee

Co-Chair at the International Trade Regulation and Compliance Practice Group,

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Judith Alison Lee is Co-Chair of the International Trade Regulation and Compliance Practice Group and a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP’s Washington, DC office. Her areas of expertise include: OFAC, FCPA, export controls, CFIUS, and blockchain and cryptocurrency issues.


Ms. Lee has been consistently selected by Chambers Global-Business as a leading lawyer for USA International Trade in Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, and by Chambers and Partners as a leading International Trade Lawyer in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide. She is former Co-Chair of the IBA’s Export Controls, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee, and former Co-Chair of the ABA’s Export Controls and Embargoes Committee.

Carl Valenstein

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Carl Valenstein focuses his practice on domestic and international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, project development, and transactional finance. He counsels extensively in the life science, telecom/electronics, and maritime industries, and has worked broadly in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He previously served as co-chair of the International Section of the Boston Bar Association and co-chairs the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable business and Cuba initiatives. Carl is the leader of the Boston office corporate and business transactions practice.

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