Lindsey M.Nelson


Washington + 1.202.879.3735

Lindsey Nelson focuses her practice on advising clients regarding compliance with government regulations, with concentrations in compliance with international trade and government contract laws and regulations. She represents individuals and public and private entities in all aspects of counseling and internal investigations, as well as in civil and criminal enforcement actions.

Lindsey assists companies and organizations with compliance with the U.S. export controls, including the sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Such compliance activities include developing and instituting compliance policies and procedures, conducting trainings, determining and obtaining proper licenses, conducting internal investigations, and advocating for clients in disclosures to and negotiations with government agencies. Lindsey has significant experience drafting voluntary self-disclosures, responses to government inquiries, commodity jurisdiction requests, commodity classification requests, license applications, and compliance manuals.

In addition to her international trade work, Lindsey regularly advises government contractors regarding compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other agency regulatory regimes. She assists government contractors with internal investigations and represents clients in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation.

Lindsey advises clients in mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions that raise government contract and international trade concerns, including Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) filings. She also has experience advising clients with regard to other facets of international laws and regulations administered by the U.S. government, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).


  • Private credit firm and affiliated funds obtain subscription line credit facility in amount up to $150 millionJones Day represented a private credit firm and certain of its funds in the refinancing of such funds’ existing subscription line facility.
  • ONCAP sells medical division to BiomericsJones Day advised ONCAP in the sale by portfolio company Precision Concepts International of its medical division to Biomerics, a portfolio company of Wasatch Equity Partners.
  • VSE Corporation completes $120 million public offering of Common StockJones Day represented VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) in connection with an underwritten public offering of 2,475,000 shares of VSE's Common Stock at a price of $48.50 per share.
  • VSE Corporation partners with The Loar Group to acquire Desser AerospaceJones Day advised VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) ("VSE") in its acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Desser Aerospace ("Desser") for a purchase price of $124 million.
  • GrafTech completes $450 million Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented GrafTech International Ltd., a leading manufacturer of high-quality graphite electrode products essential to the production of electric arc furnace steel and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals, in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $450 million aggregate principal amount of 9.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (the "Notes") by GrafTech Global Enterprises Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • Webster Bank provides $25 million credit facility to research and archiving service provider in biopharmaceutical industryJones Day represented Webster Bank, N.A. as administrative agent, collateral agent, swingline lender, issuing bank, and as a lender, in connection with a $25 million credit facility to a certain group of borrowers and their subsidiaries which provide research and archiving services in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners portfolio company acquires ASL Print FXJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company AWT Labels & Packaging Inc. (AWT) of ASL Print FX (ASL), a leading manufacturer of innovative print solutions to beverage, consumer packaged goods, envelope, and promotional markets across North America.
  • MYR Group amends and restates $490 million revolving credit facilityJones Day represented MYR Group, a national electrical contractor specializing in transmission and distribution, substation and commercial and industrial construction, in connection with their $490 million amended and restated revolving credit facility.
  • Large financial institution leads syndicate of lenders on $195 million senior secured term loan and revolving credit facilities for Mexican grocery store operator in connection with closing date acquisition of minority interestJones Day represented a large financial institution, as administrative agent, letter of credit issuer, and swing line lender, in connection with a $165 million senior secured term loan credit facility and a $30 million senior secured revolving credit facility.
  • Sega acquires Rovio EntertainmentJones Day is advising Sega Corporation with the international aspects of the acquisition of Finland’s Rovio Entertainment (the creators of ‘Angry Birds’).
  • MassMutual provides variable term loan series to sponsor-backed borrowerJones Day represented Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, as administrative agent and lead lender, in connection with a variable term loan series provided to a sponsor-backed borrower.
  • Agriculture company obtains $100 million credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $100 million credit facility with a major national bank, as administrative agent.
  • Citizens Bank amends and extends senior secured revolving credit facility for CrossAmerica Partners LPJones Day represented Citizens Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, collateral agent, and lead arranger, in connection with the amendment and restatement of a senior secured revolving credit facility to CrossAmerica Partners LP, a distributor of branded petroleum for motor vehicles, and a subsidiary co-borrower.
  • AAR acquires TraxJones Day advised AAR CORP. in the acquisition of Trax USA Corp., a leading independent provider of aircraft MRO and fleet management software, for a purchase price of $120 million in cash, plus up to a $20 million earn-out payment based on specified adjusted revenues in calendar year 2023 and 2024.
  • American Pacific Group acquires XLR8 EMS LLCJones Day advised American Pacific Group, a San Francisco Bay Area-based private equity firm, in the acquisition of XLR8 EMS LLC ("XLR8"), a Southern California leader in electronic manufacturing services and printed circuit board assembly.
  • Bank of Montreal provides $800 million reducing revolving credit facility to Nuvei TechnologiesJones Day represented the Bank of Montreal, as administrative agent and a lender, in connection with a $800 million reducing revolving credit facility provided to Nuvei Technologies, Inc., Pivotal Refi LP, and Nuvei Technologies Corp.
  • Leading financial services provides $215 million credit facility in connection with strategic acquisition by private-equity sponsor of vertically integrated site access services companyJones Day represented a leading financial services company, as left lead arranger and administrative agent, in a $215 million syndicated senior secured credit facility, consisting of a $150 million term loan and a $65 million revolving credit facility, in connection with a strategic acquisition by a private-equity sponsor of a vertically integrated site access services company.
  • Riverside acquires American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS)Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in the acquisition of American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS), providers of fire and life safety system services to commercial property owners and building managers across eastern Massachusetts and the greater Baltimore / D.C. area, respectively.
  • Integrated Power Services acquires Southland Electrical GroupJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in its acquisition of Southland Electrical Group, a leading Power Management service provider focused on power distribution equipment and low-voltage motor control systems.
  • Cortec Group sells Harmar and 101 Mobility to The Halifax GroupJones Day advised Cortec Group in the sale of its Harmar/101 Mobility platform to an affiliate of the Halifax Group.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented an international financial institution in an internal investigation and disclosure to the Office of Foreign Assets Control relating to potential violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR).

    Represented a public university in an internal investigation and disclosure to OFAC relating to potential violations of the ITSR and conducted an internal investigation regarding ITAR compliance.

    Represented a corporation in an internal investigation of potential violations of the EAR and the ITSR, subsequent voluntary self-disclosures to the Bureau of Industry & Security and OFAC, and licensing compliance.

    Represented a Fortune 500 defense company under a consent agreement in internal investigations relating to potential ITAR violations and subsequent voluntary self-disclosures.

    Represented a public university in an agency Inspector General investigation into allegations of grant fraud.

    Represented a corporation in a False Claims Act matter relating to federal housing subsidies.

    Represented an individual accused of wire fraud relating to public contracts in Iraq.

    Represented a corporation in a False Claims Act case relating to most favorable pricing issues.

    Represented an individual in a company's internal investigation into potential FCPA violations in Asia.

    Speaking Engagements

    • July 18, 2018
      myLawCLE & Federal Bar Association, Trade Law 101: Importing into the United States, Foreign Investments and Outbound Trade
    • October 20, 2017
      International Trade and National Security Policy, Lawline CLE Program
    • November 16, 2016
      Cybersecurity in Government Contracts Institute, Basics of IT Acquisition and Contracting - Hardware, Software, Open Source Products & Services, Cloud Computing and Continuous Monitoring Platforms, Federal Publications Seminars
    • November 4, 2015
      2015 Cybersecurity Institute in Government Contracts
    • September 29, 2015
      Trends and Developments in International Trade: What You Need to Know