Gabriel Slater applies legal, business, technical, policy, and political thinking to help clients in information technology (IT), defense, and other industries to successfully navigate complex and sensitive issues raised by international transactions and other business activities.
Mr. Slater has worked on dozens of matters that involve export controls and economic sanctions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, classified government contracts and U.S. national security. Mr. Slater has a particular focus on advanced technologies in the IT and defense sectors, including issues involving cloud computing, software development, cybersecurity, encryption, supply chain security, and unmanned aerial systems (UASs).
Mr. Slater has the privilege to work with some of the most sophisticated U.S. and non-U.S. companies and individuals -- from small technology ventures to Fortune 100 multinationals and sovereign wealth funds -- in the defense, intelligence, aerospace, IT, telecom, energy (nuclear, oil and gas, solar), advanced manufacturing, financial services, healthcare (pharmaceuticals, medical device), and other industries. Further information about select representative matters is provided below.
Mr. Slater’s international trade practice focuses on export controls administered by the Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; economic sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury; trade policy; and World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). He also assists clients on import matters involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
In the national security and foreign investment area, Mr. Slater represents clients on international M&A transactions and other investments that implicate U.S. national security before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). When a transaction involves a U.S. contractor holding a facility clearance (FCL) to access classified information and to perform on classified contracts, Mr. Slater also advises and represents clients in negotiations with the Department of Defense, Defense Security Service (DSS) and the Department of Energy (DOE), including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), of agreements to mitigate prospective foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) over the cleared contractor and the issuance of National Interest Determinations (NIDs).
In trade and security matters, as appropriate, Mr. Slater engages in Congressional and Executive Branch outreach, including collaborating with internal and external teams of government affairs and public relations professionals.
Finally, leveraging his experience with the IT, defense and security industries, Mr. Slater actively participates in Covington initiatives related to cloud computing and export controls, UASs, cyber and supply chain security, and the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiations. He also participates in an American Bar Association (ABA), Antitrust Section Task Force on non-antitrust regulatory barriers to foreign investment in China, Brazil, Europe and other countries.