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Chinyelu Lee

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


Chinyelu Lee’s practice focuses on assisting both domestic and foreign clients address national security-related matters that arise in the context of transnational transactions. He has experience representing a broad-range of clients in foreign investment reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and its member agencies, including by negotiating security agreements with the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. He also represents parties negotiating security agreements with the DoD’s Defense Security Service to mitigate foreign ownership, control, and influence over companies with access to classified information.

Chinyelu represents a wide-range of clients negotiating sanctions and anti-money laundering provisions in various merger & acquisition, lending and underwriting agreements. He has also represented clients pursuing licences from or making voluntary disclosures to Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and in sanctions-related matters before the Department of State and the United Nations Security Council.

Chinyelu also has extensive experience negotiating agreements and drafting disclosure for private placements related to complex commercial transactions.

Chinyelu received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a PhD from Yale University and a BA from Syracuse University.

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