Cleary Gottlieb Bolsters Foreign Investment and Sanctions Practice With Addition of Counsel Chase Kaniecki in Washington, D.C.

April 20, 2020

Chase Kaniecki has joined Cleary Gottlieb as a counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on foreign investment (CFIUS) reviews, economic sanctions, and export controls.

“We are pleased to welcome Chase to the firm,” said Cleary Managing Partner Michael Gerstenzang. “Cleary Gottlieb has a pre-eminent cross-border practice in this area, including transactions, investigations, and disputes. With increasing national security oversight of inbound investments and a constantly evolving global sanctions and regulatory landscape, the Cleary team has been at the forefront of these issues, advising our clients around the world on how to navigate a complex environment. Chase has exceptional experience counseling clients on these issues and will complement our already formidable strength in this critical area.”

“Chase’s experience is a perfect fit for our clients’ needs, and we’re excited to have such a talented lawyer join our group and help us grow,” added Paul Marquardt, a Cleary partner focusing on foreign investment and national security matters.

Chase comes to Cleary after more than 10 years of assisting clients across a range of sectors in navigating and solving complex international trade and national security issues, including foreign direct investment advice and CFIUS reviews, as well as negotiating national security mitigation agreements. He also advised clients in economic sanctions and export control matters, including issues related to the various embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, as well as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations.

“Cleary has a sterling reputation for advising foreign and U.S.-based multinational companies, financial institutions, private equity investors, and sovereigns on the most challenging regulatory matters in this space,” said Chase. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be part of this renowned practice and I look forward to leveraging my experience to help our clients going forward.”

Chase has also written and presented extensively on CFIUS, economic sanctions, and export control matters. Immediately before joining Cleary, he was a member of the international trade and national security practice of a major international law firm. He received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.