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Richard Sofield to Speak at Team Telecom Forum in Washington, DC

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On April 25, 2022, Richard C. Sofield, a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ National Security Reviews (CFIUS), Export Controls & Economic Sanctions practice group will present on a panel during the American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Forum on Team Telecom entitled, “How the Committee is Evaluating Threats and Securing the Supply Chain with a Critical Focus on Information Communication Technology and Services (ICTS).”

Parties to foreign acquisitions of communications facilities are subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. As members of Team Telecom, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) participate in the FCC licensing process to address foreign investments that may impair U.S. law enforcement, national security, or infrastructure protection priorities.

Sofield, former Director of the Foreign Investment Review Staff for the National Security Division at DOJ and former Chair of Team Telecom, will be joined by Lee G. Licata, Director for Supply Chain and Technology Security at the Office of the National Cyber Director, and Janine N. Slade, former Deputy Director of Foreign Investment Risk Management at DHS.

The discussion will examine critical issues for companies involved in U.S. communications infrastructure and networks with foreign participation, including recent developments in how Team Telecom plans to address ongoing data security concerns; risk assessments for sensitive data traversing the cable and when it exits the cable; commitments to diversify global network architecture; and concerns about jurisdictions under foreign adversaries’ control becoming hubs for U.S. international communications and data traffic connections.

Finally, the panel will also review necessary disclosure requirements from equipment to personal data. Sofield will bring his own exceptional knowledge and nearly 30 years of experience with U.S. national security legal and public policy matters in both the public and private sectors, where he worked closely with the FBI, the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the FCC, and the National Security Council, as well as other agencies evaluating foreign investment-related issues.

The Team Telecom Forum will be held in-person at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET, and this panel will be held at 1:45 p.m. ET. For more information or to register, click here.