The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Justin Huff has joined the Firm’s Washington Office as of counsel in its Government Regulation Practice.
Mr. Huff arrives from the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Investment Security, where he most recently served as a deputy director. In this capacity he assisted in the coordination of the office responsible for the Treasury Department’s role with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), an interagency process that reviews proposed mergers and acquisitions for potential national security concerns.
Mr. Huff led the review of multiple cases before CFIUS, which included in-depth analysis concerning the authority of CFIUS to review transactions, active engagement with counterparts at other CFIUS member agencies to facilitate consensus, and extensive communication with pertinent parties to the transaction to ensure that CFIUS had the information needed to reach a determination. He negotiated multiple complex agreements between the U.S. government and relevant parties to address concerns raised during these processes.
"As global transaction activity continues to grow and Congress considers legislation that would dramatically expand the scope of CFIUS review, our clients will need experienced advisors who understand the potential issues raised during those reviews," said Jim Gauch, co-leader of Jones Day’s Government Regulation Practice. "Justin brings us invaluable insight from his leadership role at the Office of Investment Security, which will be of great benefit to Jones Day clients considering transactions and investments in the U.S. that could be subject to the CFIUS process. I look forward to his contributions."
Prior to his Treasury Department experience, Mr. Huff served as a senior intelligence analyst for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also held a senior intelligence advisor role at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"Justin’s experience and exposure to the highly complex CFIUS process makes him a valuable resource for our clients on his very first day," said Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "He is a valuable addition to our outstanding Government Regulation Practice, and we all look forward to working with him."
The recipient of the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction Award for 2013, Mr. Huff has addressed a number of professional conferences on national security issues.
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