Global Trade Controls

In today’s global economy, ensuring compliance with trade and export controls is a critical part of doing business. We advise clients on critical trade issues in support of their efforts to navigate new paths to growth.

A Sophisticated Approach to Global Trade Compliance

Our lawyers advise clients on the full spectrum of global trade issues, including international economic embargoes and trade sanctions (OFAC, BIS, State Department), export controls, technology transfer restrictions (EAR, ITAR), foreign investment reviews (CFIUS, Team Telecom), national security regulations (NISPOM), anti-boycott regulations, and customs matters.

  • Ranked Band 1 for International Trade: Export Controls

    Chambers USA 2023
  • Top 10 in Global Investigation Review's GIR Top 100

Client Successes

  • We represent a European technology company in an internal investigation related to U.S. sanctions on Iran. Our representation includes advising on all aspects of Iran sanctions compliance, evaluating options for voluntary self-disclosures, and assessing the scope of potential liability.

  • We represented a Fortune 100 company in voluntary disclosures and ensuing OFAC investigations related to shipments to Cuba by a foreign subsidiary following acquisition of the subsidiary by the U.S. client.

  • We represent a UK Financial Institution in confidential investigation regarding alleged breaches of US, UK, EU, and UN sanctions laws. The matter involves alleged external transactions, book-to-book transfers, and foreign exchange transactions involving sanctioned countries and U.S. correspondent banks. We have regular contact with leaders of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

  • We represented 20+ Senior Executives of BNP Paribas S.A. (France) in U.S. sanctions matters before U.S. DOJ, OFAC, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Federal Reserve and the Comptroller of the Currency, New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York Department of Financial Services. This matter involved extensive analysis of exporting of U.S. financial services and structuring of billions of dollars of USD-denominated transactions with Sudan, Iran, and Cuba. None of our clients were prosecuted or sanctioned by U.S. authorities.

  • We have advised two out of the three Chinese tech company “BATs” (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent) on US compliance matters, including as to their U.S.-based operations and applicable export control and data compliance issues.

  • We represent and advise a major Japanese manufacturing company on compliance with the U.S. and U.N. trade restrictions involving Iran, Sudan, and other restricted destinations.

Industry Recognition

  • Partner Scott Flicker was named a leading lawyer for Nationwide International Trade: CFIUS Experts and Export Controls & Economic Sanctions in Chambers USA

Global Trade Controls

  • Our lawyers regularly practice before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Section 337 proceedings involving alleged intellectual property infringement as well as in trade remedy proceedings.

  • We help our clients develop and implement compliance programs and technology plans and regularly represent clients before relevant U.S. government agencies.

  • Our team conducts audits and internal investigations, structures and engages in due diligence for cross-border transactions, and facilitates compliance in connection with business transactions, strategic acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings.

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