John Beahn is a CFIUS partner in our Washington D.C. office.
John has extensive experience representing clients in national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the "Team Telecom" executive branch agencies and the Defense Security Service. John has successfully represented domestic and foreign clients, including purchasers, sellers, investors, private equity sponsors and consortia, and other institutional investors, in transactions and investments subject to CFIUS and other national security reviews. John has represented clients in a number of the most complex transactions ever approved by CFIUS, DSS and Team Telecom and has negotiated several of the most comprehensive mitigation agreements executed with the U.S. government. John also represent clients on related national security issues, including supply chain matters, risk mitigation, and compliance monitoring.
John has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section of Euromoney Legal Media Group's Rising Stars in 2016. He has also repeatedly been listed in The Legal 500 US in the areas of Telecom and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional.
- Nokia Corporation in its:
- US$16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The transaction was structured as dual American and French tender offers and was one of the first large transactions to be implemented under the new takeover regime in France
- US$3 billion sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium including AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG
- 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
- T-Mobile USA, Inc. in its pending $26 billion merger with Sprint Corporation
- Sprint Nextel Corporation in its:
- US$21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to Softbank Corporation, the largest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese company (honored with the Global M&A Deal of the Year: Grand Prize by The American Lawyer); and its acquisition of the shares of Clearwire Corporation it did not already own. Both transactions were recognized in the Corporate & Commercial category in the Financial Times 2013 US "Innovative Lawyers" report
- US$650 million proposed joint venture with Open Mobile in Puerto Rico
- US$590 million proposed but abandoned joint venture with i-wireless and
- US$2.2 billion sale and leaseback of certain network assets
- Alcatel in its US$13.4 billion merger of equals with Lucent Technologies Inc.
- Global Crossing in its sale to Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd.
- DigitalGlobe, Inc. in its US $900 million merger with GeoEye, Inc.
- Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd. (United Arab Emirates) in its:
- US$1 billion acquisition of Standard Aero Acquisition Holdings, Inc. from The Carlyle Group
- US$766 million acquisition of Piedmont/Hawthorne Holdings, Inc.
- The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. in its US$1.6 billion sale of a 28 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange Group plc to Borse Dubai Limited
- EMC Corporation in its contribution of its Iomega network attached storage product division to a joint venture with Lenovo Group Ltd.
- DRS Technologies in its:
- US$5 billion acquisition by Finmeccanica S.p.A.
- US$150 million acquisition of Daylight Solutions
- Nokia Siemens Networks in its
- US$1.2 billion acquisition of the wireless network infrastructure assets of Motorola, Inc.
- Proposed US$650 million acquisition of the CDMA and LTE assets of Nortel Networks Corporation
- China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre in its $362 million acquisition of the Enterprise business of Alcatel-Lucent S.A. (France)
- Pamplona Capital Management LLP in its $150 million investment in Lumos Networks Corp.
- Gateway, Inc. in its US$710 million acquisition via tender offer by Acer Inc.
- Tumbleweed Communications Corp. in its US$150 million acquisition by Axway, Inc.
- Mail.ru in its US$188 million acquisition (along with Digital Sky Technologies) of ICQ from AOL Inc.
- Virgin Mobile USA in its acquisition of Helio, LLC
John also has extensive experience in commercial, transactional and national security matters affecting wireline and wireless service providers, information technology providers, submarine cable operators, equipment manufacturers, and social media companies. He also represents private equity firms, investment firms and commercial banks in communications, media and technology matters.
John's transactional practice includes structuring advice and regulatory assistance to domestic and international media and content providers, telecommunications carriers and wireless providers regarding mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance activities, among them debt placements and equity offerings. He represents clients in the structuring and negotiation of strategic relationships in a variety of content, telecommunications, wireless and broadband business alliances. He also assists content providers, carriers, financial advisors and investment firms in obtaining federal and state regulatory approvals regarding mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings and corporate finance activities.
Catholic University of America
B.A. in Political Science
- District of Columbia
Awards & Accolades
- Listed by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2019)
- Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section of Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars in 2016
- Listed repeatedly in The Legal 500 US in the areas of Telecom and Broadcast: Regulatory and Transactional