Chris Griner is a renowned partner in the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice Group, specializing in assisting both foreign and domestic companies in navigating the complex realm of government regulations associated with the acquisition or investment in entities deemed as US national security assets.
Chris is widely acknowledged as an expert in national security and matters relating to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), playing a pivotal role in shaping the Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) mitigation arrangements currently used by the US government.
Chris’ clients rely on him for guidance throughout the entire CFIUS process, from evaluating potential national security concerns to preparing necessary filings and collaborating with government agencies to secure favorable outcomes. His extensive experience encompasses matters ranging from millions to billions of US dollars, involving CFIUS and other national security challenges, and he has a notable track record of crafting effective mitigation strategies.
Chris has been invited by the governments of the US, the UK and Italy to share his insights on CFIUS and other regulatory aspects of foreign direct investment in the US. He has also been quoted in prominent publications such as The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Deal, China Legal Review, Reuters and American Law Daily.
Chris previously served as an attorney advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired.