Ivan A. Schlager is head of the firm’s National Security practice. He 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, manufacturing and health care industries.


Mr. Schlager 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). He also has assisted in the development of successful regulatory and legislative strategies for a number of major M&A transactions.

Mr. Schlager has significant experience in navigating Exon/Florio reviews before CFIUS and negotiating national security 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)), export control and government contracting issues.

Mr. Schlager has negotiated landmark national security agreements for telecommunications and telecommunications equipment, defense and aerospace, and technology companies. These first-of-their-kind deals include representation of:

Information and Communication Technologies:

  • Sprint Nextel Corporation in the most comprehensive network security agreement to date, and in its $21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to SoftBank Corporation (Japan) and the related $3.1 billion 1 percent convertible bond issues, as well as a $2.5 billion acquisition of the remaining 50 percent stake in Clearwire Corporation that it did not already own;
  • Nokia Corporation 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 regulatory aspects of the $3 billion sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium including AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG.
  • China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre in its $362 million acquisition of the Enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent S.A. This was the first major telecommunications acquisition by a Chinese entity; and
  • Alcatel in its merger of equals with Lucent Technologies Inc. This merger was one of the largest and most complex Exon/Florio cases filed with CFIUS. He led the Skadden team that negotiated a landmark national security agreement and a special security agreement covering certain government business conducted by Bell Labs.


  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the national security aspects of its $1.3 billion acquisition of Cray Inc.;
  • EMC Corporation in its $67 billion acquisition by Dell Inc.;
  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited;
  • SanDisk Corp. in its $19 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation;
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. and a private equity consortium including The Blackstone Group L.P., The Carlyle Group LP, Permira Funds (United Kingdom) and TPG Capital, L.P. in Freescale’s $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors NV;
  • GoldStone Investment Co., Ltd. as a member of a consortium, which includes Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd. and CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, in its $1.9 billion acquisition of OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions.
  • L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. in its $1.6 billion sale to Safran SA. In connection with the acquisition, L-1 sold its intelligence services businesses to BAE Systems, Inc.;
  • A123 Systems, Inc. in its $257 million sale of substantially all of its assets to Wanxiang Group (China) via an auction; and
  • Meadville Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) in the $521 million sale of its printed circuit board business to TTM Technologies, Inc. This transaction was the first in which shares of a U.S.-listed company were used as consideration in a Hong Kong public M&A.

Aerospace and Defense:

  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd. in two major acquisitions of aviation properties owned by The Carlyle Group: Arizona-based Piedmont/Hawthorne Holdings, Inc. for $766 million and Standard Aero Acquisition Holdings, Inc. for $1 billion;
  • DRS Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition by Finmeccanica S.p.A.;
  • Thales SA with the national security aspects of its $400 million acquisition of Vormetric, Inc.; and
  • Veritas Capital, a private equity firm, in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Standard Aero Holdings, Inc. from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd.

Other significant transactions include:

  • Applied Materials, Inc. with the CFIUS aspects of its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Limited (Japan);
  • AutoNavi Holdings Limited, a developer of navigation software, in its $1.58 billion sale to Alibaba Group Holding Limited;
  • Bain Capital, LLC as part of a consortium with the CFIUS aspects of its $6.9 billion acquisition of BMC Software Inc.;
  • C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. with the national security aspects of its joint venture with China Taiping Insurance Group Ltd.;
  • CF Industries Holdings, Inc. in its $8 billion acquisition of the European, North American and global distribution businesses of OCI N.V.;
  • Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte. Ltd. (GIC), a sovereign wealth fund, in its co-investment with Global Logistic Properties Limited to acquire IndCor Properties, Inc. from Blackstone Real Estate Advisors for $8.1 billion;
  • Huapont-Nutrichem Co., Ltd. (China), a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, in its $220 million acquisition of a 20 percent stake in Albaugh, LLC, a manufacturer of agricultural chemicals;
  • InterGen N.V. in its acquisition of a 50 percent stake in the 155 MW initial phase of the Energía Sierra Juárez wind project in Mexico from Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova), an affiliate of Sempra Energy;
  • Konecranes plc in its combination with Terex Corporation to form a new company called Konecranes Terex plc;
  • Mail.ru in its acquisition (along with Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies) of ICQ from AOL Inc.;
  • Marubeni Corporation in its $2.7 billion (excluding debt) acquisition of Gavilon Group LLC, a distributor of agricultural and energy commodities;
  • The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. in its $1.6 billion sale of a 28 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange Group plc to Borse Dubai Limited;
  • Toshiba Corporation in its acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, and the sale of a minority stake to Kazatomprom; and
  • TTM Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Viasystems Group, Inc. The combined company will be one of the world’s leading printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers.

Mr. Schlager also has represented several media and telecommunications companies, including Univision Communications Inc. in its $13.5 billion sale to a consortium of private equity investors and Quadrangle Group LLC in its acquisition of Hargray Communications Group, Inc. He also represented News Corporation in its acquisition of interest in DIRECTV and in its acquisition of Dow Jones & Company.

Mr. Schlager has represented a number of companies in high-profile congressional investigations and crisis management situations, including Chiron (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.), Transocean Inc. and Affinity Direct. He represented Fox Broadcasting Company and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and the Senate Commerce Committee, Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. in its sale to J.P. Morgan and a major financial institution in testimony related to the TARP Program.

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.

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.



  • 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