Former US Under Secretary of Commerce Mario Mancuso Joins Fried Frank, Expanding Firm's Global Transaction and Regulatory Capabilities

Oct 28, 2010, 13:07 ET from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security and senior Pentagon official Mario Mancuso has joined Fried Frank as a partner resident in its Washington, DC and New York offices.  Mr. Mancuso is a prominent authority on international security matters and the U.S. government's regulation of international economic activities particularly with respect to foreign direct investment in the US and US export control laws and regulations. During his tenure in government, he played a leading role in key initiatives including the regulation of foreign direct investment; export controls, economic sanctions and anti-boycott programs; and strategic technology and innovation policy.  For example, Mr. Mancuso:

  • Served as a senior-decision-maker in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), helped draft the implementing regulations for the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 (FINSA), and reviewed more than 200 CFIUS transactions as a regulator;
  • Developed and implemented the Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) global export control, anti-boycott policy and enforcement program, and helped develop the international economic sanctions programs;
  • Chaired and supervised all of the international strategic technology dialogues for the United States, including the US-China High Technology and Strategic Trade Working Group, the US-India High Cooperation Group, and the US-Israel High Technology Forum; and
  • Served as an invited member of CFIUS Advisory Committee and Global Markets Board of the National Intelligence Council of the United States.  

"We are very pleased to welcome Mario to Fried Frank. He will be a tremendous resource for the Firm's corporate and investment firm clients, as we help them pursue their international business goals. We have seen a significant increase in cross-border investment activity in the technology, mining, defense and transportation sectors. Mario's ability to provide strategic counsel in the area of foreign direct investment and export controls will be of genuine benefit to our clients," said Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson.

"Serving clients' transactional and business needs requires a sophisticated ability to address the security, trade and economic issues related to the sale and distribution of products and services in the global marketplace," stated Robert C. Schwenkel, Chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department. "Mario's front-line experience and high-level expertise in these areas will bring a valuable perspective to our representation of clients around the globe."

Mr. Mancuso's government experience includes positions as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Counter Terrorism and as a Special Counsel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  A former US Army officer, he is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Prior to joining the government, Mario spent nearly a decade in the private sector as a corporate lawyer advising clients on international mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Mr. Mancuso was most recently a partner at another leading international law firm.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Mancuso received his JD degree from the New York University School of Law.  He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.

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