Ivan A. Schlager is head of the firm’s national security practice and serves on Skadden’s Policy Committee, the firm’s highest governing body. He provides counsel on structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions to address regulatory issues, including approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). 


Mr. Schlager represents a diverse group of clients ranging from defense companies, major telecommunications providers, and media and technology companies to private equity firms and companies in the financial services, energy, manufacturing and health care industries.

He has significant experience navigating national security reviews and negotiating complex mitigation agreements. He has developed innovative structures to address national security issues in some of the largest and most complex cross-border transactions. He also assists clients with industrial security (including mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI)), international trade, export control and government contracting issues, as well as congressional investigations and other matters involving government relations and investigations.

Mr. Schlager repeatedly has been recognized as a leading lawyer in his field. In 2016, Mr. Schlager was honored as the Transatlantic Lawyer of the Year: Regulatory at the second annual American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards, which recognizes “the best legal work conducted between the U.S. and Europe.” In 2016 and 2015, he was named as one of Law360’s International Trade MVPs. He also has received a Burton Award for legal writing, one of the highest literary honors in law. Mr. Schlager was named by The Washingtonian as a leading lawyer for national security, and is selected for inclusion in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Mr. Schlager’s transactional experience includes representing, among others:


  • Alcatel in its merger of equals with Lucent Technologies Inc.;
  • China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre in its $362 million acquisition of the Enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent S.A;
  • Nokia Corporation in connection with:
    • its $16.6 billion combination with Alcatel-Lucent;
    • its joint venture with China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre to combine Nokia’s telecommunications infrastructure businesses in China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Co., Ltd.; and
    • the $3 billion sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium including AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG;
  • PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk (Emtek) in its licensing agreement with BlackBerry Limited; and
  • Sprint Corporation in its:
    • $59 billion merger with T-Mobile US, Inc.; and
    • $21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to SoftBank Corporation.


  • A123 Systems, Inc. in its $257 million sale of substantially all of its assets to Wanxiang Group;
  • Apex Technology Co., Ltd. as a member of a buyer consortium in its $4 billion acquisition of Lexmark International Inc.;
  • Broadcom Corporation in connection with its:
    • $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited; and
    • $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.;
  • Dassault Systèmes in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Medidata Solutions, Inc.;
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. in its $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors NV;
  • GoldStone Investment Co., Ltd. as a member of a consortium in its $1.9 billion acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.;
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in connection with its:
    • $1.3 billion acquisition of Cray Inc.; and
    • $8.8 billion sale of its software business to Micro Focus International plc;
  • Intel Corporation in its $4.2 billion joint venture with TPG Capital, L.P. to form an independent cybersecurity company called McAfee;
  • NICE Ltd. in connection with its:
    • acquisition of Mattersight Corporation; and
    • $940 million acquisition of inContact, Inc.;
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V.in its wholly owned subsidiary’s $1.76 billion acquisition of Marvell Technology Group Ltd.’s wireless connectivity portfolio;
  • SanDisk Corp.in its $19 billion acquisition by Western Digital;
  • Thales S.A.in connection with:
    • a unique national security agreement that enabled the acquisition of Gemalto N.V. to clear CFIUS; and
    • its $400 million acquisition of Vormetric, Inc.
  • TTM Technologies, Inc. in connection with its:
    • $775 million acquisition of Anaren, Inc.; and
    • $368 million acquisition of Viasystems Group, Inc.; and
  • WeWork Companies Inc. in connection with investments by SoftBank Group Corp.

Aerospace and Defense:

  • DRS Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition by Finmeccanica S.p.A.;
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. in defense security services (DSS) mitigation negotiations and coordination with CFIUS in connection with its merger with Tyco International;
  • L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. in its $1.6 billion sale to Safran SA;
  • Wendel in connection with:
    • its $1.7 billion acquisition of AlliedBarton Security Services LLC;
    • AlliedBarton’s merger with Universal Services of America, Inc. to form Allied Universal; and
    • its sale of a 40 percent stake in Allied Universal to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Financial Services:

  • The Blackstone Group L.P. and Lendmark Financial Services, LLC in the sale of Lendmark to investment funds affiliated with Lightyear Capital LLC and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan;
  • Fidelity & Guaranty Life in its $1.8 billion acquisition by CF Corporation;
  • Fortress Investment Group LLC in its $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group Corp.;
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in its $3 billion acquisition of Ironshore Inc.;
  • XIO Group in its $1.1 billion acquisition of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc. from McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.; and
  • XL Group Ltd. in its $15.3 billion acquisition by AXA SA.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Schlager served as the Democratic chief counsel and staff director to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he was responsible for supervising the professional staff of seven subcommittees, as well as devising the Democrats’ legislative strategy for the full committee. In this role, Mr. Schlager worked in a bipartisan fashion on implementation of Exon/Florio; implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; legislative proposals to enhance the deployment of broadband technology; the WTO Telecommunications Agreement/WTO implementing legislation; and NAFTA.

Mr. Schlager was a senior adviser to former Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) in the 2004 presidential campaign. He also serves on the board of visitors of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1984


  • California
  • District of Columbia

Ivan A. Schlager

Partner, Communications; National Security; CFIUS; Congressional Investigations and Government Policy