Jerry Fowler

CFIUS & National Security, Director

  • Americas
  • CFIUS and Foreign Direct Investment
  • Investigation Services
  • Litigation and Dispute Support

Jerry Fowler is a Director within Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics, and Intelligence department in the Americas region and leads our Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and National Security practice in Washington, DC. Jerry is an experienced attorney and policy professional specializing in the intersection of business, law, and national security. He works with companies and their counsel to meet and exceed compliance obligations while navigating the complex national security regulatory landscape.

 Jerry applies his experience in export controls, sanctions, and U.S. national security regulatory regimes to advise clients on evaluating and mitigating global trade risk, focusing on maximizing opportunity value. He also advises clients on comprehensive compliance and mitigation structures, including implementation and assessment considerations that may impact national security standards.  

Recent tasks that Jerry has worked on include:

  • Led a team of independent auditors in a CFIUS third-party audit of a technology, media, telecommunications (TMT) sector company’s compliance with CFIUS required mitigation measures. 
  • Serves as a third-party monitor in multiple CFIUS matters in a wide range of industries including gaming, robotics, semiconductors, and renewable energies. 
  • Conducted a comprehensive compliance assessment for a nationwide company in the parking management industry. 
  • Advised a global tech company in developing and accessing its trade compliance program, including screening and diligence elements to meet U.S. Export Controls and sanction requirements.  
  • Prior to joining Control Risks, Jerry served in many capacities in state and federal government, including as a West Virginia Assistant Attorney General and associate counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Most recently, he supported the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in its Foreign Investment Review section, where he led a team of lawyers contracted as risk mitigation specialists. Jerry is also a U.S. Army Judge Advocate serving in the West Virginia Army National Guard, where he advises on legal risk in deployed and operational environments as a staff officer for a special operations battalion.  

    Jerry regularly authors articles and speaks at conferences and on podcasts about CFIUS, export controls, and other matters around compliance and national security.  

    Jerry received his Master of Laws degree in National Security and Cybersecurity Law from the George Washington University Law School and his Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He obtained his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. He is admitted to the West Virginia State bar.  

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