Nicholas Spiliotes is Co-Chair of the firm's National Security Practice. He has over 30 years of in-depth experience in advising clients on a wide range of U.S. national security matters in the context of cross-border investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial transactions.
Mr. Spiliotes advises clients on U.S. foreign investment approvals (CFIUS); Department of Defense foreign ownership, control and influence mitigation under the National Industrial Security Program; and U.S. sanctions and embargoes (OFAC), including certain enforcement matters, relating to a broad range of industries, products and transactions.
In his more than 30 years at the firm, Mr. Spiliotes has served as Chair of Morrison & Foerster's 520 lawyer Business Department, firm-wide Managing Partner for Operations, Co-Chair of the firm’s Finance Department and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Spiliotes served in the U.S. government as a junior staff member of the National Security Council at the White House, and in the U.S. Foreign Service as a Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.
Mr. Spiliotes is ranked by Chambers USA 2020 for International Trade, as a Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) Expert.
Mr. Spiliotes’ representative projects include acting as counsel on national security matters for:
Chambers USA 2020
Chambers Global 2021