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Mark Plotkin
Mark E. Plotkin
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5656 mplotkin@cov.com Download V-card

Mark Plotkin — broadly recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent regulatory advocates — represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and other branches of the U.S. government. He delivers outstanding results for global clients across industries. Mr. Plotkin’s practice includes having negotiated some of the most challenging compliance and security agreements ever concluded with the U.S. Government – agreements that in many instances now are the template for the relevant industries.

Clients refer to him as “the dean of the CFIUS Bar” with an “unmatched history, experience and network” (Chambers USA). The American Lawyer honored Mr. Plotkin as "Dealmaker of the Year" for securing CFIUS clearance for GlobalFoundries’ multibillion dollar acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor unit. The National Law Journal honored him as a “regulatory and compliance trailblazer” who has "made a difference navigating the ever-changing mandates of regulatory and compliance." Law360 has named him MVP on multiple occasions.

Chambers Global says “Plotkin is widely regarded as one of the top national security attorneys in the USA and has extensive experience in advising industry-leading names before the CFIUS panel." He also is nationally ranked for his expertise in both financial services regulation and data privacy.

Representative Matters

  • Nexen Inc. in $15.1 billion sale to China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
  • CIT Group in $10.4 billion sale of its aircraft leasing business to Avolon Holdings (China).
  • Thomson Reuters in $20 billion sale of a 55% interest in its Financial & Risk business to a consortium of Singapore’s GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Blackstone.
  • Deutsche Börse in proposed $9.5 billion acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Genworth Financial in $2.7 billion acquisition by China Oceanwide. 
  • KION Group (Germany) in $2.1 billion acquisition of Dematic.
  • Micro Focus (UK) in $8.8 billion acquisition of software business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Intersil Corp. in $2.3 billion acquisition by Renesas Electronics Corp. (Japan).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Editor and Co-Author, Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (West Publishing, 2012)
  • Editor-in-Chief and Co-Author, E-Commerce Law and Business (Aspen Publishing, 2003)
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Yale University, Class Secretary
  • Harvard Law School, Reunion Chair
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Berkeley College Fellow
  • Sidwell Friends School Development Board (1998-2004)
  • Board of Governors, Association of Yale Alumni (2007-2010)
  • Harvard College, Teaching Fellow (1984-1986)
  • The American Lawyer, Dealmaker of the Year  
  • Law360, International Trade MVP (multiple years) 
  • China Law & Practice, “Outbound Deal of the Year
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (multiple years)
  • Chambers Global (multiple years)
  • Best Lawyers in America (multiple years)
  • Super Lawyers (multiple years)
  • Legal 500 US (multiple years)
  • Washingtonian Magazine — Best Lawyers in Washington (multiple years)