George Grammas is a partner in the global law practice of Squire Patton Boggs, where he chairs the firm’s International Trade Practice, focusing on trade compliance and national security matters across our global network in 19 countries and more than 40 offices. He is chair emeritus of the Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Industry Group.
George spends 100% of his time representing clients in export controls, sanctions, anticorruption, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) clearance and other US and global international trade regulatory, compliance and national security matters. He serves as special counsel on transactions, providing export controls advice and guiding parties to CFIUS clearance. As compliance counsel, George offers creative and practical advice, solutions and training for companies operating in a wide range of countries, including in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He also acts as defense counsel for companies in voluntary and directed disclosures and other enforcement matters.
Over the past 30 years of practice, George served as industry adviser to the US State Department through the Defense Trade Advisory Group; co-chair of the Joint Defense Trade Committee of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) and the Aerospace Industries Association; chair of the export controls committee for CANEUS International; international trade counsel to the EIA; and legal adviser to the Society for International Affairs. Over the past 12 years, he has jointly organized and led with the Export Group for Aerospace, Defence and Dual-use (EGADD) annual US export controls training in the UK for non-US companies and, in recent years, led the Advanced US Export Controls Workshop at the UK Department for International Trade annual symposium organized by its Export Control Joint Unit.
George has experience in all controlled technologies regulated under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including aerospace, military, security, dual-use and space export controls, as well as experience in trade restrictions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He has many years of experience in specialty chemicals and materials exports and manufacturing equipment exports. With a background in computer programming, he began his career in electronics technologies and, through current day, continues to focus on encryption, software, semiconductors, communications and electronic systems and subsystems exports. Further, over the past decade, George has spent considerable time in Europe, where he achieved an unparalleled understanding of the challenges, lessons-learned and best practices for non-US organizations seeking to comply with the ITAR, EAR and OFAC regulations, including application of the de minimis, direct product and 50% rules and other aspects of the application of US trade controls to non-US organizations.
George guides non-US companies through and overcomes the regulatory barriers to enter, or expand their operations in, the US, including CFIUS, as well as notices to and clearances from Departments of Defense and State. He was involved in some of the earliest CFIUS clearances in the early 1990s under the Exon-Florio Amendment that established the current CFIUS process and has deep national security policy and regulatory expertise to guide companies through the recent development of controls on emerging and foundational technologies, as well as to advise on the impact of the expanded CFIUS authority under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act’s (FIRRMA).
International Trade Compliance
Foreign Investment/Access to US Defense and Critical Infrastructure Industries and CFIUS