Christian C. Davis’s practice focuses on U.S. law and policy affecting international trade and business.

Practice & Background

Mr. Davis advises clients on U.S. law and policy affecting international trade and business, particularly in the areas of export control laws, sanctions programs, anticorruption laws, foreign investment in the United States, customs laws, and antiboycott regulations. Mr. Davis has counseled clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, defense, engineering, nuclear power, oil and gas, investment funds, electronics, express consignment, medical research and athletic apparel. He has also advised sovereign entities in the formation of law and policy.

Mr. Davis earned his J.D. cum laude in 2008 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the American Criminal Law Review and served as a policy analyst for the Harrison Institute for Public Law. As a policy analyst, he advised state and local governments on issues at the intersection of international trade, climate change and energy policy.

Representative Matters

Mr. Davis’ engagements include:

  • counseling a large aerospace defense contractor in developing a comprehensive export compliance program covering, among other things, its global supply chain, international customer base, aftermarket support services, human resources policy, IT system and merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. This engagement included providing extensive on-site support to the client and working closely with in-house counsel and internal and external business personnel
  • leading internal investigations for various clients, including drafting and submitting disclosures, regarding violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Regulations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  • analyzing the commodity jurisdiction and classification of various items for clients, including drafting and submitting Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests to the Department of State. These engagements have involved negotiating with various federal agencies
  • counseling clients in the energy and aerospace sectors regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) regulations and process in the context of merger, acquisition and divestiture activities involving non-U.S. entities
  • assisting clients in obtaining authorization for the export of commodities and technologies related to nuclear power plants that are subject to export controls administered by the Department of Energy (Part 810) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Part 110)
  • drafting and submitting various license applications for clients, including OFAC licenses, ITAR agreements and Commerce licenses
  • counseling a sovereign entity in the development of regulations pertaining to the nuclear industry and the negotiation of nuclear cooperation agreements.

Awards & Accolades

  • Named as a 2014 International Trade Lawyer of the Year by CorporateLiveWire

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Policy, Politics and Proliferation: Planning for the P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding Iran,” Webinar, April 21, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Successfully Navigating the CFIUS Process,” at the China State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) Event Sponsored by the International Law Institute, January 2015
  • Speaker, Impacts of 10 CFR Part 810 Revision on Nuclear Export Compliance, Licensing and Business Initiatives, Nuclear Export Controls Summit, January 2013