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Mergers & Acquisitions – The Impact of Foreign Investment in the Trump Era

September 26, 2018
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST

Duquesne Club
325 6th Avenue
Founders Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Mindy Millanti
(412) 315-2281
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Please join BDO Advisory for a complimentary breakfast seminar featuring continuing legal education. 

This event will provide each participant with a developed foundational understanding of the Committee on Foreign  Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Foreign Direct Investment trends, Economic Norms, Relevant Statutory Provisions of Foreign Investment and National Security Act (FINSA) as well as the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA).

We will discuss the protection of national security from emerging global risk and technological advances while maintaining an open investment policy. Develop methods and models to promote fair and impartial evaluation of national security risks in consideration of impartial regulation drafting in both theory and practice. Understanding around formal national security factors, impact on clients, impact on the legal profession and professional obligations to US governmental regulations, and the implication of the current regulatory climate within the US national security and economic ecosystem.
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Registration

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM – Seminar
John Lash, MBA, CAMS, CFE, PMP
Director, BDO 

John provides critical strategic expertise at the intersection of business, technology, and operations – developing innovative solutions during times of change and transformation where budget, reputation, and performance outcomes are at risk.

John specializes in governance, compliance, and risk management, performing cross-border advisory services specific to the National Security requirements under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

He has directed teams and advised clients during all phases of CFIUS preparation, submission, and review. His experience spans multiple critical infrastructure industries in expansive geographic locations. He has provided guidance with pre-filing evaluation and impact studies (operational and economic), enhanced corporate security governance, and comprehensive mitigation, implementation, and assessment models. Representative engagements include acting as an individual and neutral third-party auditor, monitor, and escrow agent, with respect to National Security Agreements, Letters of Assurance, Orders of Divestiture, and government orders establishing mitigation measures.

In addition to M&A, governance, risk, and compliance engagements - John’s diverse background enables him to lead and participate in projects which span various disciplines within the organization, including: leading innovation initiatives across the firm through Innovation Champions Task Force, performing strategic service model assessments to evaluate current market position and new market opportunities through the Transformation and Growth Practice, leading training and professional development programs for professionals though Committee membership in the Emerging Leaders Network, participating in forensic accounting and economic damage engagements through Dispute Advisory and Forensic Insurance Recovery Practices, and contributing to anti-money laundering initiatives both regionally and nationally through membership on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACAMS.

John has obtained the following professional credentials: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS), and Project Management Professional (PMP).