Giovanna M. Cinelli

Dentons (Tysons Corner)
Lawyer (Partner)

Giovanna M. Cinelli is a partner in the Tysons Corner office of Dentons and serves as chair of the US region’s Export Controls and National Security practices. She is a leader in the Firm’s representation of defense and high technology clients facing national security issues covering export controls, CFIUS and investigations. Giovanna has counseled clients for the past 25 years on a broad range of issues affecting national security, including complex export compliance matters, cross-border due diligence and classified investigations. For over two decades, she has conducted export related investigations (both civil and criminal), transaction due diligence, export licensing and interpretation and negotiation of export enforcement settlements. Giovanna serves as an expert witness on export issues affecting litigations and arbitrations involving controlled goods, technologies, data and services. Her testimony has addressed complex licensing and compliance issues related to the conduct of trials and arbitration proceedings in the United States and abroad. Giovanna is listed in Chambers Lawyers Research as a specialist in export compliance, a 2014 Chambers USA “Leader in Their Field” for export controls and sanctions, as well as a 2012, 2013 and 2014 Washington, DC “Super Lawyer.” She is currently Chairman of Women in Aerospace, the country’s premier organization addressing opportunities for women in the aerospace and aviation field. She has worked extensively with the US Departments of State, Commerce, Defense and Treasury, as well as Energy and the military services. She was a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) from 1992 through 2008, holding the position of Vice Chair from 2006 through 2008 and was reappointed to the DTAG in 2014. She served on the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) at the US Department of Commerce for eight years, ending her tenure as Vice Chair. She has been a member of the Virginia/DC District Export Council since 2011 and is currently serving her second term. Giovanna has lectured and written extensively on international arms trade, technology transfer and export issues, with two book chapters and dozens of scholarly articles to her credit. She has appeared on CNN’s "Burden of Proof" and MSNBC’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews" as an expert in international technology transfer, arms exports and related national security issues. Outside of her legal career, Giovanna served as a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer specializing in former Soviet submarine platforms and national security and intelligence issues. In addition to her law degree from the Catholic University of America, she holds an MA in international relations from the College of William & Mary and an Executive Education certificate in national security and international security from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is fluent in French and Italian and resides with her family in Virginia.

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Bevin M.B. Newman, Giovanna M. Cinelli, Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp, Peter J. Wang, Sébastien Evrard, Yizhe Zhang The Chinese MOFCOM publishes the final rules on the national security review of foreign investment in national companies


China has published new rules to implement the national security review that will be conducted as part of the review of mergers and acquisitions by foreign investors and involving Chinese companies. These rules provide for review and potential rejection of acquisitions of Chinese companies by (...)

Bevin M.B. Newman, Giovanna M. Cinelli, Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp, Peter J. Wang, Sébastien Evrard, Stephen Harris, Yizhe Zhang The Chinese State Council publishes a notice detailing its national security review procedure for the acquisition of domestic companies by foreign investors


The State Council of the People’s Republic of China has published a notice detailing its national security review («NSR») procedure for the acquisition by foreign investors of domestic Chinese companies («NSR Notice»). The NSR Notice, which implements Article 31 of the PRC Anti-Monopoly Law, will be (...)

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