Theodore W. Kassinger

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Theodore Kassinger counsels US and foreign clients engaged in transnational business transactions, with an emphasis on international trade and investment regulatory matters. Calling on his more than 40 years of private practice and government experience, Ted provides regulatory, public affairs advocacy, and strategic counseling advice involving diverse issues of national security and international economic policy, including compliance with export control and economic sanctions regimes, industrial security rules administered by the Defense Security Service, trade remedies, and international trade and investment agreements. Ted is recognized as a leading lawyer handling matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Ted regularly works with companies across the industrial spectrum, and has particularly deep experience in advanced technology and energy sectors.


Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers Global in International Trade: CFIUS Experts (2020)
  • Recognized as one of The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Chambers Global (2008-2020) and Chambers USA (2008-2019)
  • Recognized by the Legal 500 US for International Trade (2015-2020)
  • Recommended in Trade & Customs (2018-2019); Foreign Investment Review (2019) by Who’s Who Legal
  • Named an MVP in International Trade by Law360 (2015)
  • Named one of the leading lawyers in Washington, DC in Super Lawyers Magazine (2015)
  • Named by the University of Georgia School of Law as its 2006 Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar; recommended in The Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers (2010)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia


  • University of Georgia, J.D., 1978: cum laude; Notes Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia, B.L.A., 1975: Gridiron Secret Society; Blue Key Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Activities


  • Council on Foreign Relations, Board of Advisors of the Dean Rusk Center for International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies at the University of Georgia School of Law 


  • “Antidumping Duty Investigations,” Law and Practice of US International Trade Regulation (1987, 1989)
  • Chapters on GATT Antidumping, Procurement, Standards, and Subsidies Codes in Basic Documents of International Economic Law (CCH International and Westlaw 1990) 


  • “FDI in the US Expected To Accelerate, Litigation and Regulatory Risks Remain – What GC’s Should Know,” Corporate Counsel Connect Collection, co-authored with Ronald Cheng (2016)
  • “Top Ten Political Law Compliance Issues for the 2012 Election,” Corporate Counsel (2011)
  • “Antidumping Duty Investigations,” Law and Practice of United States International Trade Regulation, Oceana Publications (1996 update)
  • “Commercial Law Reform Issues in the Reconstruction of Iraq,” 33 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. J. 217 (2004) 
  • Representation of International Business Machines Corporation in connection with CFIUS matters involving the sale of its global semiconductor manufacturing business to GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
  • Representation of International Business Machines Corporation in connection with CFIUS matters involving the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo. At the time it was announced, this transaction was described as the largest Chinese acquisition of a U.S. technology business.
  • Representation of BGI-Shenzhen, a genomic research and sequencing enterprise, in its acquisition of Complete Genomics, Inc. This transaction was the first successfully completed acquisition by a Chinese entity of a U.S. publicly traded company.
  • Representation of a European multinational company in connection with CFIUS matters involving multiple acquisitions of US physical and logical access control and security equipment businesses.
  • Representation of a European multinational company in connection with a range of primary and secondary U.S. economic sanctions compliance issues.

Alerts and Publications

CFIUS Proposes Revision to Mandatory Declaration Requirement for Foreign Investments in US Businesses Involved with Critical Technologies

May 21, 2020

United States Expands Export Controls Targeting Huawei’s Access to US Technology

May 18, 2020

Treasury Issues Interim Rule for CFIUS Filing Fees

April 30, 2020

President Trump Orders Chinese Company to Divest Acquisition of US Hotel Software Company

March 9, 2020

Treasury Issues Proposed Rule for CFIUS Filing Fees

March 5, 2020

Treasury Finalizes New CFIUS Regulations

January 14, 2020

Department of Justice Revises Guidance on Export Control and Sanctions Enforcement Policy

December 17, 2019

United States Lifts Sanctions on Turkish Government Ministries and Cabinet Officials

October 24, 2019

United States Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Government Ministries and Cabinet Officials

October 15, 2019

The Government Is Wielding Sticks and Carrots to Address National Security Concerns in the Telecommunications Sector

October 3, 2019

Treasury Issues Long-Awaited Proposed CFIUS Regulations

September 30, 2019

Expansion of US Economic Sanctions Measures on Iran, Venezuela, and Other Jurisdictions Compel Companies Operating Internationally to React Quickly

May 8, 2019

CFIUS Update: Interim Regulations, FIRRMA Pilot Program, and Proposed Rulemaking on Emerging Technologies

November 27, 2018

Energy Industry Impact of New CFIUS Pilot Program Rules

November 20, 2018

US Completes Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal with Conclusion of Wind-Down Period, Imposition of New Sanctions

November 6, 2018

Venture-Backed M&A: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in 2018

November 5, 2018

New Russian Sanctions Restrict Exports of Sensitive Goods; Additional Sanctions Likely in Three Months

August 28, 2018

CFIUS Update: Congress Enacts the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act

August 6, 2018

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