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Gabriel Slater
Gabriel L. Slater
Washington +1 202 662 5159 Download V-card

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).

Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

  • Co-lead on wide-ranging investigation involving dozens of individuals providing services to foreign government and military customers around the world; secured no-action letter from State Department following the disclosure of ITAR violations.
  • Outside export control counsel for cutting-edge energy venture, including advising on foreign investment due diligence and export and import compliance.
  • Lead associate on complex investigation involving access by foreign national employees to export controlled technical data stored on internal shared drives and other IT resources.
  • Co-lead on internal investigation and productions to the U.S. Department of Justice relating to shipments of IT equipment to sanctioned country; matter resolved without penalty.
  • Successfully obtain advisory opinion permitting provision of UAV services to provide ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) services in a country subject to a UN and U.S. arms embargo.
  • Advise leading Chinese private equity firm on potential investment in European machine tool manufacturer.
  • Advise leading defense prime on best practices in dealings with Chinese suppliers.
  • Coordinate development and preparation of U.S. and EU trade control training materials for conferences in Europe and the Middle East; materials well received by client.
  • Develop novel strategy to obtain non-ITAR determination for certain uncooled focal plane arrays.
  • Represent Chinese national in criminal prosecution by U.S. Attorney’s Office, National Security Section and Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) administrative proceeding.
  • Assist major Asian defense contractor and its U.S. subsidiaries in defense trade matters, including the production of defense articles for a foreign military.
  • Advise leading oil and gas company on U.S. economic sanctions related to protecting company’s intellectual property in Iran and other sanctioned countries.
  • Develop and execute successful submissions and advocacy to DOD and Commerce resulting in non-sensitive (EAR99) jurisdictional ruling on near infrared (NIR) night vision system.
  • Represent solar cell manufacturer on export classification and jurisdictional matters, as well as CFIUS implications of possible sale to Chinese solar manufacturer.
  • Represent private equity firm on ITAR matters in the sale of a portfolio company.
  • Advise leading developer of military, intelligence, and commercial systems and technologies on commodity jurisdiction (CJ) requests.
  • Advise global resources company on immigration (Form I-129) and deemed exports to foreign national employees.
  • Advise global technology and services company on restrictions related to travel to US-sanctioned countries and export jurisdictional determinations on submersible items.
  • Outside export control counsel for offshore oil and gas service provider, including securing Special Comprehensive License permitting global activities without individual licensing.
  • Advise defense unit of oil and gas corporation on autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) export controls.
  • Advise multinational aviation support company on U.S. economic sanctions and export controls.
  • Assist global financial services company to develop training programs to comply with economic sanctions administered by the U.S., the EU, Switzerland, the UN, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • Advise major European oil and gas company regarding California inquiry relating to activities in Iran.  

Information Technology / Cybersecurity

  • Advise major defense prime on IT procedures regarding third party access to the company’s systems and data.
  • Counsel leading consumer products company on recently issued Cybersecurity Framework.
  • Advise leading IT multinational on encryption issues related to significant non-U.S. acquisition; successfully obtained Encryption Licensing Arrangement (ELA) to permit software development and IT services by Indian IT service providers.
  • Advise leading cloud computing service provider on application of the ITAR and EAR to cloud services.
  • Represent interactive voice response (IVR) technology provider in sale to non-U.S. buyer; successfully managed compliance and authorization issues on tight deadlines that satisfied deal-related needs.
  • Lead investigation of possible encryption export violations related to development of software and firmware for access control products and systems.
  • Lead audit of export activities for leading network security and threat management system provider.
  • Advise leading pharmaceutical company on export of network infrastructure products to establish representative office in the Middle East.
  • Advise leading information database and service provider on encryption-related export controls.
  • Assist oil and gas service provider on internal transition to Google enterprise cloud services.

CFIUS, FOCI, and Other National Security Matters

  • Counsel to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, in securing CFIUS and FOCI approval for its acquisition of the IBM Microelectronics Division, valued at more than $1 billion.
  • Represent leader of foreign government, acting in his personal capacity, in significant, minority investment in U.S. nuclear sector; obtain “no covered transaction” determination by CFIUS.
  • Represent DOE and NNSA contractor in sale to non-U.S. buyer; obtained CFIUS approval and led negotiation of FOCI mitigation agreement with DOE.
  • Enstrom Helicopter Corporation - Acquisition by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd.
  • Obtain CFIUS and FOCI approvals for sale of US company holding classified contracts with DOD and Intelligence Community agencies to non-U.S. buyer.
  • BAE Systems Inc. - potential merger with EADS.
  • Nexen Inc. - China National Offshore Oil Corporation (development of Technology Control Plan)
  • Advise U.S. energy distribution company, ultimately owned by Chinese parent, on U.S. market access activities.
  • Prepare open source briefing on major Chinese SOE for U.S. private equity and asset management company.
  • Engage with CFIUS mitigation agencies on behalf of Israeli network infrastructure company.
  • Advise start-up telecom services company on supply chain and security matters, including engagement with U.S. national security agencies.
  • Represent leading Israeli defense contractor on CFIUS and defense trade matters.
  • Advise US transportation start-up on national security issues.
  • Advise Chinese iron and steel company on CFIUS considerations related to possible U.S. joint venture.

Trade Policy and WTO

  • Prepare WTO analysis of proposed amendments to Section 337 for use in Congressional lobbying.
  • Conduct GATS analysis of proposed EU data protection amendment for tech trade association.
  • Assist Fortune 50 company with U.S.-China intellectual property, “indigenous innovation,” software piracy and other trade policy matters.
  • Develop potential WTO challenge for Asian electronics company.
  • Advise Fortune 100 company on expropriation claims against Cuba if trade relations normalize.

ATF and Customs

  • Advise new U.S. corporation on business and legal matters related to developing ammunition importation business, including becoming Federal Firearms Licensee.
  • Represent South Asian tire manufacturer in enforcement matter before CBP.
  • Represent U.S. supplier of military vehicle components on imports from Mexico.

Government Affairs

  • Develop government relations strategies and materials for CFIUS matters with political/Hill dimensions.
  • Lobby Senate offices on matter related to a Section 123 nuclear cooperation agreement and awarding of contract to build nuclear power plants.
  • Draft testimony for former senior U.S. Government official before House Judiciary Committee.
  • Legal and other assistance for various Congressional matters.

Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)

  • Advise cutting-edge energy venture on possible FTR violations related to collaboration with non-U.S. research partner.
  • Advise leading chemical and energy company on FTR compliance matters.

Previous Experience

  • Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China (one semester in LLM Program in Chinese Law)
  • House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade (Trade Law Intern)
  • House Committee on the Judiciary (Law Clerk)