D. GraysonYeargin

Partner

Washington + 1.202.879.3634

Grayson Yeargin concentrates his practice on assisting clients with compliance with government requirements and guiding them through government investigations. He represents government contractors, companies in the private sector, and individuals involved in disputes with the government.

A significant portion of Grayson's practice involves representing and advising clients concerning economic sanctions and export controls. He has extensive experience in assisting companies with compliance with the sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and anti-boycott laws. He also assists clients with other aspects of international compliance including issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), transactions involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and determinations concerning Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI).

Grayson also provides regulatory and dispute resolution advice to companies concerning government contracts issues. He assists clients with False Claims Act (FCA) matters (including qui tam litigation), laws governing false statements and fraud, inquiries into bidding practices and contract negotiation, suspension and debarment issues, and compliance counseling. He also advises national security and defense companies on the legal and regulatory compliance requirements that arise in those industries, with a particular focus on information security.

Grayson's practice includes enforcement and compliance elements. He assists clients in conducting internal investigations, assessing disclosure issues, resolving disputes with government agencies, and defending matters in litigation. In addition he helps clients develop compliance programs and work through regulatory issues.

Experience

  • International infrastructure company seeks advice on export control complianceJones Day represents an international infrastructure company relating to its export controls compliance, specifically providing counseling regarding International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") requirements relating to government defense contracts and assisting with Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") license applications relating to work in sanctioned countries.
  • U.S. defense industry manufacturer files self-disclosure regarding potential non-compliance with U.S. export control lawsJones Day is advising a U.S. manufacturer of defense articles with a voluntary self-disclosure in connection with resolving potential compliance issues associated with an inadvertent failure to notify U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls regarding a change in the company's ownership structure.
  • Network hardware manufacturer and software developer navigates TAA compliance investigationJones Day advises a network hardware manufacturer and software developer in connection with a U.S. government investigation and compliance issues concerning the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA") and country of origin issues.
  • Engineering software company seeks to classify encryption productsJones Day is assisting an international software company with the evaluation and classification of encryption products under U.S. export control laws, including through submission of a classification request and request for advisory opinion to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
  • Aviation company cleared in DOJ-led ITAR investigationJones Day represented an aviation company in a federal investigation into the possible illegal exportation of defense services under the Arms Export Control Act ("AECA") or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR").
  • Health care provider implements foreign export controls compliance proceduresJones Day assisted a health care provider and research facility with drafting and implementing export controls compliance policies and procedures.
  • Safran completes €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares creating global leader in aircraft equipmentJones Day represented Safran in connection with its €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares to create a global leader in aircraft equipment.
  • Edelman coordinates first Warrior Games held at public venuesJones Day advised Daniel J. Edelman Holdings Inc. on its role coordinating the Department of Defense Warrior Games.
  • Research and news organization conducts internal investigation into GSA ScheduleJones Day represents a research and news organization in connection with an internal investigation and resulting disclosure concerning the organization’s General Services Administration Schedule.
  • Global shipping company analyzes import customs and port feesJones Day assisted a global shipping company with an analysis of import, customs, and port fees to determine compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act.
  • MPE Partners portfolio company acquires Safe Fuel SystemsJones Day represented MPE Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company B&E Group of Safe Fuel Systems, LLC, a provider of testing, repair, overhaul and modification services for fuel systems, hydraulics and accessories for aircrafts.
  • International shipping company develops export control and sanctions compliance manualJones Day drafted an export controls and sanctions compliance manual for an international shipping company whose ships make port calls in Sudan.
  • Consulting company provides information services to development agencies and NGOs throughout AfricaJones Day provides ongoing legal advice to a consulting company regarding its work throughout Africa, which includes market research, project evaluations, opinion polling, third party monitoring, and other information services for some of the largest development agencies, consulting companies, and non-government organizations in the world.
  • RockWood Equity Partners acquires substantially all assets of Ibis TekJones Day represented RockWood Equity Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Ibis Tek, LLC, Ibis Tek Properties, LLC, Verbuck, LLC, and Ibis Apparel, LLC (collectively, "Ibis Tek").
  • Shenzhen Energy Group acquires PV solar generation facilities from Recurrent Energy for $232 millionJones Day advised Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd. on its $232 million acquisition of a portfolio of PV solar generation facilities in California from Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar.
  • Galenica acquires Relypsa for $1.53 billionJones Day advised Galenica AG, a diversified group of companies active throughout the health care market, in its acquisition of Relypsa, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of polymeric medicines, pursuant to a tender offer in which Galenica paid $32 per share, or a total of $1.53 billion.
  • RockWood Equity Partners acquires BJG ElectronicsJones Day advised RockWood Equity Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition and related financing of BJG Electronics, Inc., a distributor and light manufacturer of high reliability electronic components serving the defense, commercial aerospace, and business aviation markets.
  • Blue Sea Capital acquires majority interest in NSi IndustriesJones Day advised Blue Sea Capital LLC in its acquisition of the majority interest in, and the related debt financing of, NSi Holdings, Inc., the holding company of NSi Industries, LLC, a leading supplier of a wide variety of electrical connectors, timers, and controls, and other wire management products for construction, maintenance, and repair applications.
  • Wood Group acquires Ingenious Inc.Jones Day advised Wood Group Mustang, Inc., a subsidiary of John Wood Group PLC, in its acquisition of Ingenious Inc., a supplier of proprietary software and consulting services to the global chemical, oil and gas, and energy industries.
  • H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company acquires Firstmark Corp.Jones Day advised H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company, a joint enterprise formed by a partnership between The Riverside Company and Hicks Equity Partners, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Firstmark Corp., a manufacturer of highly engineered components and subsystems for the aerospace and defense industries.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires BEI Precision Systems & Space CompanyJones Day advised long standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of PSSC Holding Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary, BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc., a leader in high-accuracy positioning sensor technologies, providing advanced design, manufacturing, and testing for reliable and resilient products and systems.
  • Overton Chicago Gear Corporation acquires Precision Aero CorporationJones Day represented Overton Chicago Gear Corporation, a subsidiary of H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company, in connection with the acquisition of Precision Aero Corporation, a manufacturer of high-precision machined products used in commercial aerospace, civil aviation, commercial, heavy duty trucking, and military applications.
  • Veolia acquires Kurion for $350 millionJones Day advised Veolia Environnement SA and its Asteralis nuclear waste division in connection with its $350 million acquisition of Kurion, Inc., a nuclear waste environmental services and remediation company.
  • Diebold sells North America electronic security business to Securitas for $350 millionJones Day advised Diebold, Incorporated in the $350 million sale of its North America-based electronic security business to Securitas AB to accelerate its transformation and better position the company to pursue growth opportunities in the dynamic self-service industry.
  • Lam Research acquires Coventor, Inc.Jones Day advised Lam Research Corporation in its acquisition of Coventor, Inc., a leading provider of simulation and modeling solutions for semiconductor process technology, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • CBRE forms Realterm Airport Logistics Properties and acquires portfolio of more than 120 air cargo logistics propertiesJones Day represented CBRE Global Investment Partners in the formation with Realterm, a global real estate operator, of Realterm Airport Logistics Properties, LP, and initially acquired a $900 million portfolio of over 120 air cargo logistics properties located across 30 gateway and key secondary airports in the United States and Canada.
  • Major management consultancy receives strategic counseling on African health care developmentJones Day provided counseling to a major management consultancy firm on strategic issues in considering a business concept to develop health care facilities in west Africa using government offset contracts.
  • Major multinational corporations receive advice on cross-border investment filings to BEAJones Day advised major multinational corporations, private equity firms, and strategic acquirors on the filing requirements and analysis of submission data for the cross-border direct investment surveys administered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis ("BEA").
  • Morgenthaler acquires B&E GroupJones Day advised Morgenthaler Private Equity in connection with its acquisition of B&E Group, LLC, a group comprised of five companies engaged in the manufacture of complex machined components used in commercial aerospace, military, and space applications and the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of commercial aerospace engine components.
  • BlackBerry acquires Good Technology for $425 millionJones Day advised BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, in its acquisition of Good Technology for $425 million in cash.
  • Lam Research attempts merger with KLA-TencorJones Day represented Lam Research Corporation in its proposed acquisition of all outstanding shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation in a cash and stock transaction that placed an equity value on KLA-Tencor of approximately $10.6 billion based on its closing stock price on October 20, 2015.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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
    • June 13, 2016
      Understanding ITAR/EAR Regulations for International Sales, Aerospace Industries of America Meeting
    • November 4, 2015
      2015 Cybersecurity Institute in Government Contracts
    • September 29, 2015
      Trends and Developments in International Trade: What You Need to Know
    • September 15, 2015
      Executive Roundtable Series - Opportunities and Risks in the International Marketplace: Developments and Trends in International Trade, Export Controls, and Global Cybersecurity
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