May 3, 2022

Leading CFIUS Partner John Beahn Joins Milbank


Milbank LLP is pleased to announce that John Beahn has joined the Washington, DC office as a partner. Mr. Beahn brings to the firm over 20 years of experience, with a particular focus on matters related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and foreign direct investment (“FDI”).

“We’re pleased to welcome John to Milbank,” said Milbank Chairman Scott Edelman. “John’s extensive experience with CFIUS matters will be critical to our clients as they navigate an increasingly complex cross-border regulatory and transactional environment. His unique focus will both complement and enhance the work of our corporate, finance and restructuring partners across all of our offices.”

Mr. Beahn has built a reputation as a market leader in matters related to CFIUS and other foreign investment review processes. He has successfully represented clients in national security reviews before CFIUS, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency and the interagency committee known as “Team Telecom,” which reviews investments in entities regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He also represents clients on related national security issues, including sanctions and arms controls, supply chain issues, compliance monitoring and risk mitigation.

Mr. Beahn has provided counsel to both domestic and foreign clients, including purchasers, sellers, investors, private equity sponsors and consortia, as well as other institutional investors in transactions related to CFIUS and national security reviews. His notable representations include T-Mobile US, Nokia Corporation Alcatel-Lucent, Hitachi Ltd. and Fox Corporation.

“John’s arrival is a tremendous value add as we continue to grow our DC-based regulatory practice and the office’s bench more broadly,” said Andrew Leblanc, managing partner of the Washington, DC office.

“I’m thrilled to bring my experience to a practice and a firm with a truly global reach,” said Mr. Beahn. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues on a variety of transactions—both domestic and international—and matters with a national security nexus.”

Mr. Beahn joins Milbank from the DC office of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he was head of the firm’s CFIUS and FDI practice. He received his JD from the Catholic University of America.