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Thomas Feddo

The Rubicon Advisors, LLC

Founder and Managing Member

Washington, DC, USA

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Thomas Feddo’s Biography

Thomas Feddo is the founder of The Rubicon Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic, geopolitical, and national security regulatory advice to multinational corporations and startup companies, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms, investment banks, and law firms.

Tom previously served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s first ever Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed position responsible for overseeing all operations and activities of the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). As Assistant Secretary, Tom effectively led a comprehensive overhaul of CFIUS to both protect U.S. national security and promote the nation’s open investment policy. The transformation of CFIUS included an expansion of jurisdiction, new regulations, modernized information technology and physical infrastructure, and more efficient business processes.

His distinguished career of public service during the past three decades has included time as a naval officer in the submarine service,...
Thomas Feddo is the founder of The Rubicon Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic, geopolitical, and national security regulatory advice to multinational corporations and startup companies, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms, investment banks, and law firms.

Tom previously served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s first ever Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed position responsible for overseeing all operations and activities of the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). As Assistant Secretary, Tom effectively led a comprehensive overhaul of CFIUS to both protect U.S. national security and promote the nation’s open investment policy. The transformation of CFIUS included an expansion of jurisdiction, new regulations, modernized information technology and physical infrastructure, and more efficient business processes.

His distinguished career of public service during the past three decades has included time as a naval officer in the submarine service, as well as all three branches of the Federal government. A strategic thinker with legal, policy, and national security expertise in cross-border investment and international trade, economic sanctions and anti-money laundering, government investigations, intellectual property, and technology, Tom is also a highly experienced and effective leader and manager.

Today, Tom’s advice and counsel is widely sought after on issues involving national security related regulatory risk and compliance, corporate governance, and geopolitical and strategic matters. He also serves as an outside advisor to a number of business entities.
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Thomas Feddo’s Background

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
2018 - 2021
Tom served as the most senior presidentially-appointed Senate-confirmed official responsible for the Treasury Department’s role as the Chair of CFIUS. He led the national security review and clearance of over 500 cross-border business transactions totaling over $400 billion, and personally authorized clearance of over 150 transactions.
Alston & Bird, LLP
Partner, International Trade Group
An AmLaw 100 law firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Alston & Bird has approximately 750 attorneys in 12 offices across the globe. Tom provided legal advice and counsel to multinational corporations, Fortune 500 companies and start-up entities regarding U.S. economic sanctions and anti-money laundering regulations, cross-border transactions, and other issues implicating U.S. national security.
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Advisory Roles

Clearview AI
Advisory Board
2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Clearview AI delivers innovative and comprehensive image-search solutions through cutting-edge technology to support law enforcement efforts to investigate crimes, safeguard communities, and secure industry and commerce.
ForgePoint Capital
Cybersecurity Advisory Council
2021 - Present
San Mateo, CA, USA
ForgePoint Capital is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in transformative companies that are addressing the biggest challenges in cybersecurity and infrastructure software. The Advisory Council assists entrepreneurs with business and product strategy, and developing partnerships, customers, and potential acquirers.
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Media

The Morning Risk Report: Trump’s Iran Moves Change Little For Companies
Quoted
Oct 2017
In this piece for the Wall Street Journal, Tom provides commentary regarding the Iranian nuclear deal and the Congressional implications.
The Morning Risk Report: New Sanctions Run Into Old Enforcement Challenges
Quoted
Sep 2017
In this article for the Wall Street Journal discussing the relationship between the United Nations and North Korea, Tom emphasizes that the UN’s unclear enforcement methods may limit the effectiveness of the sanctions.

Interviews

A short video conversation with the former head of CFIUS, Tom Feddo
Jan 2022
In this interview with Foreign Investment Watch, Tom gives his unique insights into legislative proposals, CFIUS trends, national security agreements, and foreign cooperation with U.S. allies on investment screening, among other important topics.

Features

Will Biden Use Every Tool Against China?
Author
Apr 2021
In this opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Tom explains how the transformed and strengthened Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is ready for the challenge of protecting U.S. national security in the coming years.

Publications

President Trump’s JCPOA Announcement Is More Complicated Than It Looks
Co-Author
Oct 2017
Tom and his law firm colleagues explain the Trump Administration’s announcement regarding the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 and address the impact on Iran-related economic sanctions.
Sanctions-Related Challenges for Payment Systems
Author
Oct 2016
Tom discusses regulators’ intensified sanctions and AML enforcement efforts in the rapidly evolving payments industry, particularly regarding non-bank actors and mobile computing.
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Awards & Endorsements

Department of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton Medal logo Department of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton Medal logo
Department of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton Medal
2021
Department of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award logo Department of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award logo
Department of the Treasury Meritorious Service Award
2016
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Speaking Engagements

CTO Circle - Space: The Next Internet?
Panelist
Jun 2021
As a featured speaker for the "CTO Circle: Space - The Next Internet" event, Tom joined other professionals in a discussion regarding the new space race, how modern technology has made space more accessible and the economic, political and social implications of today's space industry.
CFIUS Modernization - Where Are We Today?
Panelist
Oct 2020
Panelists, including Tom in his role as Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, discuss how FIRRMA reforms have advanced over the course of the year, and the standing of the CFIUS process.
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Thomas Feddo’s Education

The George Washington University Law School
Juris Doctor (With Honors)
1997 - 2000
Naval Nuclear Power School and Naval Nuclear Prototype School
Graduate-level nuclear propulsion/engineering program
1991 - 1992
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