Stephen Heifetz helps clients navigate laws and policies at the nexus of international business and security. He has worked in senior levels of the federal government and uses that experience to provide counseling regarding legal compliance and political risk, conduct internal investigations, and defend against government investigations and enforcement actions. He is particularly experienced in foreign investment reviews by CFIUS, Department of Defense NISPOM and FOCI rules, anti-money laundering laws, economic sanctions administered by OFAC and the UN, and travel and cargo screening programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Heifetz served in the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as the Central Intelligence Agency. In his most recent government position, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development at DHS. Mr. Heifetz shaped DHS’s role in CFIUS, conducted hundreds of CFIUS reviews, and negotiated many “risk mitigation agreements” that CFIUS deemed necessary to approve foreign investments.
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