Emerson Siegle

Associate

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  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2013; Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review, editorial board
  • BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, Pepperdine University, 2010

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • Virginia, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2014
  • Honorable Norman K. Moon, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Emerson Siegle

Associate

Emerson Siegle focuses his practice on U.S. regulations governing trade and foreign investment. He routinely counsels clients on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including by assisting clients navigate the CFIUS review process, assess CFIUS risk in connection with particular investments, and assess the CFIUS impact of various transactional and fund structures. Emerson also regularly advises clients on the full scope of U.S. trade laws, including economic sanctions regulations, export controls, import laws, and anti-boycott laws. As a trade lawyer, Emerson both advises on regulatory compliance matters and assists with internal and government investigations related to these laws and regulations. Emerson writes frequently about CFIUS, economic sanctions, and other international risk topics.

Emerson maintains an active pro bono practice. He worked on the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges and litigation defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has also drafted amicus briefs before various appellate courts, represented an organization dedicated to increasing openness and transparency in government, and led litigation to defend voting rights.

Experience

CFIUS – Reviews and Investigations

  • Guided Asia-based technology company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. semiconductor company
  • Guided Asia-based investor in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for investment in U.S.-based travel company
  • Guided U.S. health care software company in obtaining CFIUS clearance for investment by Asia-based investor
  • Guided U.S. health care management company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance in connection with the acquisition of board rights by a European investor
  • Guided German-based metals company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. metal company
  • Guided German-based lubricants company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition of U.S. lubricants company
  • Guided U.S.-based insurance company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition by Canadian firm
  • Guided U.S. infrastructure platform backed by European and Middle Eastern institutional investors in CFIUS filings in connection with the acquisition of infrastructure assets
  • Guided European asset management firm in obtaining CFIUS clearance in connection with the transfer of a sensitive infrastructure asset located on a U.S. military base to a Canadian investor
  • Guided investment firm in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance in connection with an investment in a sensitive software company
  • Guided U.S. storage company in obtaining CFIUS pre-clearance for investment by Canadian institutional investor
  • Guided Asia-based investor in obtaining favorable resolution in connection with CFIUS filing in connection with investment in U.S. government contractor
  • Guided Asia-based investor in obtaining favorable resolution in connection with CFIUS filing in connection with investment in IT services company
  • Guided U.S.-based manufacturing company in navigating non-notified CFIUS inquiry and filing concerning investment by Asia-based investor

CFIUS – Compliance and Due Diligence

  • Assisted leading life sciences company develop and implement a customized CFIUS playbook of policies and procedures
  • Assists multiple private equity firms, venture capital firms, and sovereign wealth funds conduct CFIUS assessments of hundreds of investment targets per year
  • Assists funds clients and law firms assess the CFIUS risk profile of various transactional structures, and consider alternative investment vehicles and other structuring solutions

Trade – Investigations and Disclosures

  • Represented non-U.S. financial institution in voluntary disclosure and favorable settlement negotiations with OFAC concerning potential violations of sanctions
  • Represented international freight forwarding company in internal and government-initiated investigations and disclosures related to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations and Export Administration Regulations
  • Represented international life sciences company in internal investigations and disclosures related to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations, Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and Foreign Trade Regulations
  • Assisted asset management firm in resolving an OFAC investigation and subsequent regulatory considerations concerning potential blocked property
  • Represented life sciences company in disclosure to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning potential misconduct involving sanctioned jurisdictions
  • Represented individual in U.S. Department of Justice investigation relating to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations and Export Administration Regulations
  • Represented U.S. private equity firm and its portfolio company, a manufacturer of sensitive equipment, in responding to OFAC subpoena concerning potential diversion concerns
  • Represented European manufacturer in disclosure relating to potential violations of OFAC sanctions regulations targeting Iran 
  • Represented customs broker in responding to and successfully concluding U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation into duty claims for goods entry
  • Represented an oil and gas company in submitting a disclosure relating to potential violations of the anti-boycott regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Represented international life sciences company in reinstating Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) status
  • Represented ship management company in navigating disclosure and licensing issues concerning SDN designation of counterparty
  • Assisted marine electronics company assess sanctions compliance concerns in connection with various potential sanctioned country touchpoints

Trade – Compliance and Due Diligence

  • Represented multiple Fortune 500 companies in conducting comprehensive compliance program reviews, with a focus on trade compliance
  • Represented an oil and gas company in global trade compliance diagnostic review and assisted company to enhance controls related to economic sanctions, import and export compliance, and anti-boycott laws
  • Assisted multiple life sciences companies review and assess controls related to export, deemed export, import, and anti-boycott compliance
  • Regularly advises shipping and logistics providers on the sanctions and export risk of proposed transactions
  • Represented online marketplace company in conducting comprehensive diagnostic of sanctions compliance policies and procedure
  • Represented consumer goods company in connection with assessing sanctions compliance concerns in connection with hostage crisis situation
  • Assisted U.S. private equity firm conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of its portfolio companies for sanctions compliance concerns
  • Routinely advises global investment management firm on economic sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance issues
  • Routinely conducts pre- and post-acquisition economic sanctions, export control, and anti-corruption due diligence for corporate and private equity clients, and develops and enhances international risk policies and procedures

Pro Bono

  • Part of the Ropes & Gray team involved in representing plaintiffs in Tanco v. Haslam, one of four marriage equality cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Supreme Court held that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples
  • Part of the Ropes & Gray team involved in defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
  • Numerous amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court and circuit courts of appeal, with a particular focus on LGBTQ equality and religious liberty, including in cases such as King v. Burwell, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
  • Represents coalition pursuing openness and transparency in D.C. government
  • Represented voting rights organization in litigating protection of federal voting rights

Publications

Presentations

  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2013; Order of the Coif; Virginia Law Review, editorial board
  • BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, Pepperdine University, 2010

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • Virginia, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2014
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