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Brian P. Curran

Washington, D.C.

Brian P. Curran

Having spent 10 years as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst with a TS/SCI clearance, Brian Curran retains his keen interest in national security issues.

Today, Brian uses that experience every day at Hogan Lovells to represent foreign multinationals and investors in national security reviews before CFIUS, including companies based in China, Israel, Singapore, Japan, France, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Brian has a deep understanding of complex matters involving export controls, economic sanctions, and CFIUS reviews.

Brian helps clients navigate the export control implications of cyber attacks and cloud computing and assists clients with investment survey filings mandated by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), including the BE-10, BE-13, and BE-180 surveys. He can also assist clients with internal investigations, M&A due diligence, and licensing matters related to the EAR, ITAR, and U.S. economic sanctions.

His CFIUS clients have included companies in the aerospace and defense, telecommunications, energy, biotech, information technology, 3D printing, transportation, physical security, and real estate industries. Brian also represents a diverse group of foreign and U.S. clients on export controls and economic sanctions matters before the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). These clients are involved in the private equity, defense, satellite, pharmaceutical, information technology, aircraft, oil and gas, automotive, consulting, and education sectors.

Representative experience

Represented a major French transportation company before CFIUS in connection with its investments in two joint ventures.

Represented a Chinese investor before CFIUS in connection with the largest proposed Chinese acquisition of a U.S. company at the time.

Represented JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation before CFIUS in connection with a carbon capture and CO2-enhanced oil recovery project.

Advised universities and Internet and telecommunications companies on the export control implications of cyber attacks and cloud computing.

Conducting in-depth trade compliance audits for a major U.S. defense contractor.

Brian has represented a U.S. electronics company in a complex multi-jurisdictional export control internal investigation.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif, The George Washington University Law School, 2006
  • M.A., Fellowship Recipient, American University, School of International Service, 1995
  • B.A., The College of William & Mary, 1992


  • Member, Society for International Affairs

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)


Dispute Resolution: International Trade, Next Generation

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