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Giovanna M. Cinelli

Giovanna M. Cinelli is the leader of the International Trade and National Security practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. As a practitioner for more than 30 years, she counsels clients in the defense and high-technology sectors on a broad range of issues affecting national security and export controls, including complex export compliance matters, audits, cross-border due diligence, and export enforcement.

Giovanna M. Cinelli is a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, resident in the Firm’s Washington, DC office, where she leads the Firm’s global International Trade and National Security practice. Throughout a career spanning more than 35 years, she has counseled clients from the defense, aerospace, financial, private equity, and high technology industries. She has conducted hundreds of civil and criminal investigations, managed transactional due diligence for hundreds of investments, and counseled clients through the complexities of export control changes from 1992 through the present.

Ms. Cinelli serves as an expert witness on national security, sanctions and export issues involving discovery requests, trial proceedings and motions practice in the United States and abroad. Recently, she led panel discussions sponsored by the National Security Institute for and with bankruptcy and district court judges regarding the loss of technology through court proceedings.

In addition to her client and Executive branch advisory work, Congress considers her a subject matter expert on CFIUS and national security issues. In April 2018, she testified before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, about revisions to the laws governing foreign direct investment in the United States – CFIUS. On September 8, 2021, she testified before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on emerging export and CFIUS concerns related to China’s global reach providing a pragmatic and legal framework for the challenging national security issues embedded within this relationship. In 2019, 2020 and 2021, she was invited to provide her perspective to the European Union foreign direct investment offices, working under the new EU FDI regime, as well as to METI’s Director General regarding Japan’s approach to FDI. She has presented before the Keidanren, Japan’s business roundtable organization comprised of the leading companies in Japan, on key issues related to CFIUS and export controls.

Ms. Cinelli holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and an E.E. Certificate in National Security and International Security from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Foster and Protect: Tech + National Security

March 12   |   2.30PM CT

In this panel, European and American experts discuss international cooperation to promote tech innovation while safeguarding national security, as well as current trends in export controls and investment screening.

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