Damara is a partner in the Washington D.C. office and co-leads the firm’s National Security and International Trade practice. She advises clients on cross-border investment and national security matters, including national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) formerly known as the Defense Security Service (DSS), Department of Energy and other cognizant agencies, and on the application of international trade controls, including export controls and economic sanctions.
Damara is recognized in Chambers
USA and Chambers Global (2019) for her extensive experience
advising clients before CFIUS and advising companies regarding the mitigation
of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under national industrial
security regulations administered by DSS, Department of Energy and other
agencies. She has been involved in negotiating some of the most significant
national security agreements with the U.S. government and has represented
clients on a variety of landmark CFIUS and FOCI matters.
In her export controls and economic sanctions practice, she advises
companies on compliance and enforcement matters relating to U.S. export
controls administered by the Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy and the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); economic sanctions administered by the
Department of the Treasury; and import and licensing requirements imposed by
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). She also frequently advises on trade control
issues in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Damara also has represented clients in federal court litigation on
international and antitrust issues. The following is a
list of representative matters in which Damara has worked, including some
occurring prior to joining Vinson & Elkins.