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Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is a managing director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, in Washington D.C. and a fellow at the Duff & Phelps Institute.
Nicole’s areas of focus at Kroll include investigative due diligence in M&A transactions, regulatory compliance matters, market entry support and sexual misconduct investigations. Representative matters include global due diligence on potential joint venture partners, channel partners and supply chain partners; analysis of the competitive, regulatory and macro-economic environments in global markets in support of new market entry; and regulatory due diligence and consulting in the context of national security (i.e., Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States [CFIUS], export controls and sanctions), anti-bribery/anti-corruption investigations, and conducting Title IX and sexual misconduct investigations on behalf of a major public university. Nicole also serves as the leader of Kroll’s CFIUS Advisory practice.
Prior to joining Kroll, Nicole was a Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm, where she provided strategic advice to companies in the development and implementation of their global business objectives, including the expansion of their exports to, and presence in, international markets.
A passionate advocate for business, Nicole was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the industry-facing unit of ITA, serving as the liaison between U.S. industry and the federal government with respect to access to international markets and U.S. policies impacting the competitiveness of U.S. exports. In this role, Nicole also served as the Department’s lead on CFIUS, where she represented the interests of business in some of the most significant cases before CFIUS in recent history. In addition, she regularly led business delegations on international trade and trade policy missions during which she negotiated with senior foreign government officials on the elimination of regulatory and legal impediments to trade to create policy environments conducive to free trade and to mitigate market access barriers to U.S. exports.
Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Nicole served by presidential appointment as the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of General Counsel, where she managed a $50 million operating budget and 300 attorneys, and assisted the General Counsel as the legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.
Nicole practiced law in two international law firms in which she specialized in business restructuring and public finance. Her management roles included serving as chair of the business restructuring practice and as hiring partner at Dykema Gossett PLLC, and most recently as the managing partner of the Detroit office of Foley & Lardner LLP, where she was responsible for managing operations, new business development and the implementation of the firm's business strategies and objectives in the Michigan market. She was recognized as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers for three consecutive years and was AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Nicole serves on the board of trustees of The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she chairs the audit committee. She also serves as secretary and member of the board of trustees of the Shiloh Legacy Bequest Fund affiliated with the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of The Links Incorporated and a past member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is the past Chair of the National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation, a non-profit organization that worked to combat IP theft threatening the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.