Led by a lawyer who re-wrote export control laws, including those aspects that affect CFIUS review, Stagg P.C. can make a difference through our practical and strategic counsel, as we deeply understand the regulator’s perspective and otherwise opaque agency practices.
The firm offers clients unique value with a diverse and forward-looking approach that differentiates itself from other practices. In particular, the firm's lawyers and advisors were former national security government regulators.
That experience includes re-writing the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List.
As such, our background and perspective helps to guide companies through opaque government procedures and by advancing their interests before the agencies.
Additionally, the firm has substantial experience in determining whether a company is involved in "critical technologies." In particular, the firm is led by a lawyer who revised the U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, which are two of the principal areas that affect whether an item is considered a "critical technology" for CFIUS purposes.
Stagg P.C. advises U.S. and non-U.S. companies and investors on all matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). This includes counseling on potential CFIUS intervention, by identifying risk and whether CFIUS has jurisdiction, to filing a mandatory or voluntary notice. We also develop and negotiate mitigation agreements.
The firm is led by Christopher Stagg, a national security and export controls attorney, who previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor within the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). At DDTC, Mr. Stagg worked with many of the same agencies and individuals who also handle CFIUS matters. In addition, Mr. Stagg worked on the interagency committees chaired by the National Security Council to identify products and technologies that implicate national security concerns for export control and CFIUS purposes.
Mr. Stagg’s national security experience is further complemented by his experience at Jane’s Information Group, a leading defense information publisher and strategic advisory firm, in its consulting and editorial divisions. At Jane's Information Group, Christopher assessed defense industries, military weapon systems, and emerging technologies. He also reported on defense technologies for Jane's Defence Weekly.
Mr. Stagg is the Vice Chair for the American Bar Association's National Security Committee, and is also the Vice Chair for the American Bar Association's Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.