Chris is an Associate in the New York office. His practice focuses on US regulatory issues, and he regulary advices clients concerning foreign direct investment review, US economic sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption issues. He has represented clients in filings with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and during internal and regulatory investigations involving the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- a state-owned international investment company regarding the potential acquisition of an indirect interest in certain US intellectual property assets
- a non-US energy company concerning its US sanctions risks
- a global financial institution in a regulatory and internal investigation regarding securities manipulation
- a major investment bank in an internal investigation of potential compliance issues
Recent CFIUS and sanctions publications
- Filing Fees Now Required for Certain CFIUS Filings, New York e-bulletin, 5 May 2020
- OFAC Issues Finding of Violation—but No Penalty—for Sanctions Violations Caused by Compliance System Defects and Human Error, New York e-bulletin, 4 May 2020
- Trump Administration Formalizes "Team Telecom" Review of Non-US Investment in US Telecommunications Services Sector, New York e-bulletin, 14 April 2020
- Proposed Regulations to Impose Filing Fees on CFIUS Filings, New York e-bulletin, 10 March 2020
- President Issues New Iran EO, Broadening Secondary Sanctions Triggers, and E3 Trigger JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism, New York e-bulletin, 16 January 2020
- US Treasury Department Issues Final Regulations Expanding CFIUS Jurisdiction and Designating "Excepted Foreign States, New York e-bulletin, 15 January 2020
- Author, When It Comes to Privilege, You're Better Off Dead: Protecting Attorney-Client Communications Sent Through Prison Email Systems, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Fall 2015
Chris received his B.A. in Arabic and Liberal Studies, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 2016, where was Editor of the Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Bulletin and Senior Articles Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. Chris worked as an intern for the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, U.S.D.J in the Eastern District of New York during the Summer of 2014. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Chris was a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling, where he was also a summer associate.
New York and the Southern District of New York