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Navigating Global M&A During Turbulent Times

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 57 minutes
Recorded Date: October 28, 2020
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  • COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline
  • Impact of Pandemic Travel Restrictions
  • COVID-19 M&A Diligence Considerations
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Foreign Investment Review Regimes
  • CFIUS Overview and Summary
  • U.S. Trade Control Considerations for Global M&A
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 28, 2020


Complex decisions are unavoidable with any merger and acquisition. Legal, financial, and organizational issues must be all taken into account. General Counsels are often asked to manage the strategic aspects of such decisions and implement effective due diligence.

In this session, we will focus on the key strategic considerations, negotiation communications, integration planning, and the risk areas to avoid, and due diligence procedures to deploy.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 28th, 2020.

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Bing Xu

Chief Counsel, Global Trade Controls
Rolls-Royce North America Inc.

BING XU is Chief Counsel, Global Trade Controls and Regional Head of Export Controls and Sanctions Compliance – North America, Rolls-Royce North America Inc. in Reston, Virginia, with the key responsibilities and expertise in export controls, economic sanctions, and CFIUS/mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Xu started her law practice with a major law firm in Washington, DC before joining Rolls-Royce. For the past 14 years, she has been advising Rolls-Royce businesses globally, cross functions and regions, incorporate strategies and governance, sanctions and export control compliance, and foreign investment.

As an entrusted legal advisor, she has also been managing and guiding a team of Rolls-Royce export control professionals in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Singapore, India and Japan.

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Laurie Korneffel

Vice President, Legal

Laurie Korneffel has more than 25 years of legal experience, with many of those years spent in corporate leadership positions. Currently, Ms. Korneffel is the Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Maxar Technologies Inc., a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions.

She leads a team of lawyers responsible for a wide range of legal functions including governance, transactions, compliance, litigation and intellectual property. Ms. Korneffel also leads the company’s ESG program and corporate foundation.

Prior to joining Maxar in 2018, Ms. Korneffel spent more than a decade as the Vice President/Chief of Litigation at CenturyLink, Inc. where she led the litigation, intellectual property, employment and antitrust practice areas. At CenturyLink, Ms. Korneffel also oversaw the department’s award-winning pro bono and diversity programs. Ms. Korneffel started her legal career in private practice—first as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis and, later, as a partner at Perkins Coie.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of Denver Law School. Ms. Korneffel is a past Chair, and current member, of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Inc.

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Damara Chambers

Vinson & Elkins

Damara is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins and co-leads the firm’s National Security and International Trade practice. She advises clients on cross-border investment and national security matters, including national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), the Department of Energy and other agencies, and on the application of international trade controls, including export controls and economic sanctions.

Damara is recognized in Chambers USA and Chambers Global (2020) for her extensive experience advising clients before CFIUS and advising companies regarding the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI), obtaining facility security clearances and other compliance matters involving national industrial security regulations administered by the DCSA, Department of Energy and other cognizant agencies.

She has been involved in negotiating some of the most significant national security agreements with the U.S. government and has represented clients on a variety of landmark CFIUS and FOCI matters, including Takata in the $1.6 billion acquisition of its assets out of bankruptcy by Ningbo Joyson Key Safety Systems, Midea Group in its $5 billion takeover of KUKA AG, GLOBALFOUNDRIES in its acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor manufacturing division, Stanley, Inc. in its $1 billion acquisition by CGI Group, Temasek Holdings in its multi-billion dollar investment in Merrill Lynch, and The Carlyle Group in its $1.9 billion sale of Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.

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