Mergers and Acquisitions: A CFIUS Example
When a major U.S. based technology company was selling a portion of their hardware business to a foreign firm, special consideration needed to be given to the public interest implications in Washington, D.C. SKDKnickerbocker was hired to help the company tell its story.
In preparation for a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review, SKDK worked with the company’s lawyers and bankers to create messaging that would promote the transaction and address some of the most important considerations for local support.
Beginning months before a deal was announced, SKDK provided the company with strategic communications support to shape the narrative. We managed outreach to media and stakeholders in the communities of affected manufacturing facilities in order to create local transparency. Building on local information, we promoted the growth opportunities for the facility under new owners to a wide range of stakeholders in Washington, D.C. We also worked closely with the lobbying team, who communicated the transaction’s benefits to congressional leaders, regulatory media, interested third parties and national security players.
Ultimately, CFIUS approved the transaction and the deal successfully closed.