Export Controls

Our Export Controls & National Security Practice provides highly experienced counsel on government investigations and enforcement proceedings involving international and national security matters.
Whether it is defense articles and technical data governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), dual-use items controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), or economic sanctions enforced by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), our attorneys untangle the complex web of regulations for U.S. and foreign companies.

Our attorneys offer a rich understanding of antiboycott regulations, restrictions on conflict minerals, and special Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rules governing the export of nuclear materials and technologies. We also represent clients in proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and in other matters involving Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI). Whether we are defending multinational corporations, conducting internal investigations, or creating comprehensive compliance programs, our sophisticated insight into law, policy, and politics can help you control risks and achieve your strategic objectives.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. export controls and economic sanctions. We regularly provide counsel on controlled goods, information, software, and technologies, including commodity classifications, deemed exports, and technology transfer issues. We also advise on the rapidly changing rules governing transactions with sanctioned countries and persons. Most significantly, the Export Controls & National Security Practice crafts compliance programs, implements internal controls, and performs compliance audits designed to help you manage the risks created by the aggressive enforcement of these laws. When compliance breaks down, we conduct internal investigations, prepare voluntary disclosures, and represent clients in enforcement actions before the relevant agencies.

Representative Matters

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Represented a U.S. defense contractor that produces EAR-controlled, 600-series military goods in proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Conducted internal investigation for multinational automotive company into apparent sales into Iran from its foreign subsidiaries, in potential violation of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations.
Prepared economic sanctions compliance policies and internal controls for numerous companies operating in the United States, Europe, and Asia to minimize the risk of violations of U.S. and EU economic sanctions regulations.