Chase Kaniecki’s practice focuses on international trade and national security matters, including CFIUS, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, and trade remedies.

He advises clients on international trade and national security issues and foreign direct investment matters, including filing CFIUS notices and negotiating mitigation agreements in the energy, semiconductor, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, and transportation sectors, among others.

Chase also represents clients in economic sanctions and export control matters, including issues related to the embargoes and other restrictions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, as well as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. He has also counseled importers in all types of U.S. customs matters, and his trade remedy experience includes antidumping and countervailing duty matters, as well as additional duties imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Chase joined the firm as counsel in 2020 after more than 10 years of assisting clients in a range of sectors as a member of the international trade practices at other major international law firms.

Notable Experience

  • Western Digital in multiple matters including the sale of its ActiveScale business to Quantum; the sale of its IntelliFlash business to DataDirect Networks, Inc.; and its acquisition of Kazan Networks.

  • LORD Corporation in its $3.675 billion sale to Parker Hannifin. 

  • Grindr in its $608 million sale to San Vicente Acquisition LLC.

  • KKR in its recapitalization of and investment in Transphorm, Inc.

  • J.F. Lehman in its acquisition of Integrated Global Services.

  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company in its acquisition of iMark Molding.

  • Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma in its acquisition of late stage biopharma companies and the formation of an alliance with Roivant Sciences Ltd. worth $3 billion.

  • BBA Aviation in its sale of $1.365 billion its Ontic business.

  • PolyOne in the $1.5 billion acquisition of Clariant’s color and additive masterbatch business.

  • Ferro Corporation in the sale of its global tile coatings business to Lone Star Funds.

  • Directional Aviation Capital in its sale of a 50% interest in SIMCOM Holdings, Inc. to CAE Inc.

  • HOERBIGER Group in its acquisition of Deublin Company.

  • Parker Hannifin in its $1.725 billion all-cash acquisition of Exotic Metals Forming Company LLC.

  • Shiseido in its $845 million of acquisition of the Drunk Elephant brand and other assets.  

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Contributing author, Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch blog.

OFAC Revokes Key General License Under Belarus Sanctions Program,” Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (April 26, 2021)

OFAC Settles With Digital Currency Payment Processor for Sanctions Violations,” Cleary Enforcement Watch (March 9, 2020) 

United States Imposes Sanctions in Response to Military Coup in Myanmar,” Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (February 16, 2020)

United States” chapter, Getting the Deal Through: Foreign Investment Review 2021 (February 1, 2021) 

Developments in U.S. Sanctions and Foreign Investment Regulatory Regimes,” Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2021 (January 11, 2021) 

Current Status of Restrictions on Securities of Chinese Military Companies,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, (January 10, 2021)

UK Proposes A Mandatory, Pre-Closing National Security Regime,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, (November 13, 2020) 

Trump Administration Bans Transactions in Securities of Military-Linked Chinese Companies: Potentially Far-Ranging Consequences Remain Unclear,” Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (November 13, 2020)

What to Expect From the Biden Administration,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo (November 9, 2020) 

Venture Capital Investing: New NVCA Models, and New Challenges for Foreign Investors in Early-Stage U.S. Companies,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo (October 7, 2020) 

CFIUS Shifts Focus of ‘Critical Technology’ Mandatory Notifications to Export Controls,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo (August 31, 2020)

Ransomware and Sanctions Compliance: Considerations for Responses to Attacks,” Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (September 14, 2020)

BIS Issues Long-Awaited Request for Public Comment on Foundational Technologies,” Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (August 31, 2020)

BIS Further Tightens Export Restrictions on Huawei,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (August 21, 2020)

President Trump Orders TikTok Divestment; Sweeping Order Appears to Indicate a Broadening of CFIUS’s Jurisdiction,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (August 21, 2020)

Navigating Conflicts of Law: U.S. Sanctions and China’s National Security Law,” (co-author) Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo (August 19, 2020)

CFIUS Releases 2019 Annual Report,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch (August 10, 2020)

President Trump Authorizes Restrictions on WeChat and TikTok; Details to Come,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch, August 7, 2020 

United States Enacts Additional Hong-Kong Related Sanctions; Impact Remains Unclear,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch, July 14, 2020

New Syria-Related Sanctions Regulations Issued; Secondary Sanctions Authority Targeting Syria to Take Effect Soon,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions WatchJune 12, 2020

CFIUS Blocks Joint Venture Outside the United States, Releases 2018-2019 Data, and Goes Electronic,” (co-author) Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch,June 3, 2020

Proposed Rule Would Broaden CFIUS Mandatory Notification Requirements,” (co-author) Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, May 26, 2020

COVID-19: CFIUS Considerations for Distressed M&A and Lending Transactions,” (co-author), Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, May 8, 2020

CFIUS Imposes Filing Fees,” (co-author), Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 29, 2020

BIS Tightens National Security Export Controls,” (co-author), Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch, April 29, 2020

OFAC Issues Guidance on COVID’s Impact on Compliance and Enforcement,” (co-author), Cleary International Trade and Sanctions Watch, April 27, 2020; republished by New York University School of Law Compliance & Enforcement Blog.

Latin America: Top Legal Concerns Facing General Counsel in 2020,” (co-author), Lexology, March 13, 2020

Section 232 Update: Challenges to Steel and Aluminum Derivative Tariffs Are Succeeding,” (co-author), Lexology, March 13, 2020

U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Derivative Steel and Aluminum Imports,” (co-author), Lexology, February 25, 2020

Facing FIRRMA: Treasury Releases Final CFIUS Regulations, (co-author), Lexology, January 22, 2020

U.S. to Review and Consider Additional Section 301 Tariffs Targeting the EU Over Trade Dispute,” (co-author), Lexology, December 17, 2019

U.S. Proposes Up to 100 Additional Duties Due to French Digital Tax,” (co-author), Lexology, December 10 2019

U.S.-China Trade Uncertainty: Section 301 Tariff State of Play,” (co-author), Lexology, November 22, 2019

Facing FIRRMA: CFIUS Review of the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Sector,” (co-author), Lexology, October 30, 2019

Facing FIRRMA: Proposed Regulations Expand Scope of CFIUS National Security Review Process,” (co-author), Lexology, September 27, 2019

Staying Out of the Penalty Box - A Reminder Regarding the CFIUS Pilot Program,” (co-author), Lexology, June 12, 2019

Navigating Multijurisdictional M&A,” (co-author), Corporate Counsel Business Journal, May 13, 2019

How Chinese Investments Can Pass CFIUS Scrutiny,” (co-author), Columbia Blue Sky Blog, February 6, 2018


The UK’s New Investment Regime: Changes and Challenges

The New M&A Paradigm: Guiding Your Company in Today’s Global Environment - International Trade Regulation

CLE Academy: Section 232 and 301 Tariffs and Expanded CFIUS Review of Foreign Investments

Impact of FIRRMA on Private Equity Funds: Expanded CFIUS Review of Foreign Investments, New Filing Requirements

Staff-level Briefing on Trade Tools and Enforcement, Congressional US-China Working Group

Trends and Developments in International Trade: What You Need to Know