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Protecting Sensitive Data and the Race for 5G: CFIUS, Team Telecom, the Clean Network program, and the TikTok and WeChat Executive Orders

October 26, 2020 • Webinar

Starts: 2:00 PM (EDT)
Ends: 3:00 PM (EDT)

Crowell & Moring is pleased to present a series of webinars on the increasing impact of national security concerns on transactions involving the telecommunications supply chain and critical infrastructure and how those issues are affecting the United States’ relationships with China and other key trading partners. These webinars will address these developments from both the U.S. and foreign perspectives and provide concrete advice to help companies understand what they need to reduce their risk in this new environment.

While court orders temporarily enjoined the prohibitions against WeChat and TikTok from taking effect, these actions are just the latest example of the U.S. government’s more aggressive approach to oversight of the telecommunications industry and businesses because of concerns over the exploitation of sensitive information and vulnerabilities in the supply chain. The first webinar in the series will address the implications of recent actions by the U.S. government, including strengthening the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the interagency national security group “Team Telecom,” as well as the Clean Network initiative and prohibitions affecting government contractors under Section 889 of the NDAA, all of which are likely to have a significant impact on many dealmakers, telecom providers, equipment manufacturers, and companies developing artificial intelligence and IoT projects. 

The discussion will feature Caroline Brown, who recently joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in the International Trade and White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement groups after spending 10 years as a national security attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division and the Treasury Department, and Adelicia Cliffe, a partner in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade and Government Contracts groups, and will be moderated by Kate Growley, a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Privacy & Cybersecurity and Government Contracts groups.

Contact: Crowell & Moring Events (

Crowell & Moring Participant(s):
Caroline E. Brown
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2509
Adelicia R. Cliffe
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2816
Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2698