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EXPORT CONTROLS & ECONOMIC SANCTIONS

We help clients comply with the dynamic, complex and rapidly changing U.S. export controls and sanctions that affect virtually every industry.

Our approach

As companies increasingly do business on a global scale, they face new challenges with export control and sanctions compliance.

Our clients encounter regulatory complexities shipping or transferring goods, software, technology and services across national borders; engaging in global M&A activity; outsourcing patent applications abroad; and giving non-U.S. employees access to information.

Restrictions can even apply to purely domestic transfers (“deemed exports”).

We help clients overcome hurdles and delays that hinder transactions and advise on obtaining authorizations and using license exceptions. We also assist in developing export compliance programs that minimize the risk of export control violations.

Our counsel concerning U.S. export controls and sanctions includes issues involving:

  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Sanctions regimes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Our team conducts internal investigations, prepares voluntary disclosures and defends against civil and criminal enforcement actions. We also conduct due diligence and assist in negotiating language for clients engaged in global M&A activity to avoid violations of U.S. export controls and sanctions.

Who we work with

  • Government contractors
  • Defense and security companies
  • Military suppliers
  • Software developers (including encryption)
  • Information technology providers
  • Outsourcing companies
  • Medical device companies
  • Health care organizations
  • Universities
  • Research organizations
  • Software-as-a-service providers
  • Tech companies
  • Banks
  • Financial institutions
  • Small Business Innovation Research participants
  • Law enforcement suppliers

Media Clips

  • Seed Co. Settlement Sends Warning Signal To Exporters
    Law360 | September 20, 2016
    Washington, DC, M&A and corporate transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and associate Anjali Vohra co-authored this piece that discusses the significance of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s $4.3 million penalty against PanAmerican Seed Company, as it demonstrates that the treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control will continue to vigorously enforce Iran sanctions violations and serves as a lesson to exporters as to the prevailing pattern of violations resulting from the use of intermediaries.
  • North Korea is Newest Frontier for a Daredevil Investor
    New York Times | January 14, 2016
    Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions group partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article regarding investments in North Korea that may violate American sanctions.
  • Credit Agricole Settlement Is Warning To Foreign Cos.
    Law360 | November 2, 2015
    Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, business department law clerk Anjali Vohra authored this column discussing a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement underscoring the high compliance expectations placed on firms, the benefit of timely and complete voluntary self-disclosures and the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. sanctions program.
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  • Rule Change to Ease Export Controls in the Cloud
    Compliance Week | July 6, 2015
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides commentary in this article on new amendments to U.S. export control regulations that are on the horizon.
  • Anywhere but Here
    Site Selection | May 13, 2015
    Washington, DC, partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article discussing why location matters for multinationals in light of the largest criminal fine ever paid in connection with an International Emergency Economic Powers Act prosecution.
  • How changes in Cuba embargo affect travel, banking, exports, more
    Rochester Business Journal | February 13, 2015
    M&A and Corporate Transactions partners Jeff LaBarge and Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Commercial Litigation counsel Alycia Ziarno authored this column on the business implications of easing Cuba sanctions.
  • Cloud Computing Poses Unique Export Controls Challenges
    Law360 | August 6, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses how U.S. cloud users can stay compliant under the U.S. export control laws.
  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.
    Law360 | July 22, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discuss the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia and what these mean moving forward.
  • Broad New Russia Sanctions Create Compliance Uncertainty
    Wall Street Journal | July 17, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides commentary on the latest round of sanctions against Russia by the president’s administration.
  • BNP Paribas OFAC Settlement — Another Warning To Banks
    Law360 | July 10, 2014
    Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing increased settlements involving violations of U.S. sanctions by major financial institutions.
  • A Look at Export Control Changes for Satellites
    Law360 | May 22, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored this column discussing how the decision by the U.S. government to remove commercial and scientific communications satellites from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List eases export of these products.
  • US Anti-Boycott Laws: Top 5 Things Exporters Should Know
    Law360 | April 29, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero authored this column discussing the key points that every U.S. exporter should know about the U.S. anti-boycott laws.
  • The Morning Risk Report: Companies Unprepared for Russia Sanctions
    Wall Street Journal | April 29, 2014
    Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses new sanctions against Russia and few tools that companies can use to ensure compliance.
  • Latest Ukraine-Related Sanctions Likely Won't Be The Last
    Law360 | March 18, 2014
    Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and Government Relations counsel Doug Dziak discuss the likely series of government sanctions in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Ideas

The MTB: Can your company take advantage of a (re)new(ed) tax break for U.S. manufacturing?
Government Relations Alert | October 18, 2016

$4.3 million penalty for exports of flower seeds to Iran
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | September 16, 2016

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The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill: if your company produces in the U.S., cost saving may be coming your way
Government Relations Alert | April 18, 2016

Important new changes to the Cuba sanctions
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 15, 2016

CFIUS's Influence on Dealmaking
March 3, 2016

New changes to Iran sanctions: what you need to know
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | January 19, 2016

Crédit Agricole to pay $787.3 million settlement for alleged U.S. sanctions violations
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | October 22, 2015

Webinar Recording: U.S. Sanctions Update: Iran, Cuba, Russia and Crimea
Originally recorded on October 1, 2015 | October 2, 2015

Webinar Recording: DOJ targets executives in corporate investigations
Originally recorded on September 25, 2015 | September 30, 2015

Important new changes to the Cuba embargo and what they mean for U.S. businesses
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | September 25, 2015

Export Administration Regulations amended: Cuba no longer a State Sponsor of Terrorism
Export Controls Alert | July 23, 2015

The Iran nuclear deal: what you need to know
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | July 17, 2015

BIS proposes new export controls on cybersecurity technologies
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | June 4, 2015

Cuba: What's new?
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 20, 2015

New U.S. sanctions against cyber attackers
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 2, 2015

PayPal and Schlumberger multi-million dollar settlements to OFAC, DOJ illustrate price of non-compliance
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 1, 2015

U.S. tightens Russia sanctions, focuses on Crimea
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | January 29, 2015

Growing potential for P3 infrastructure development in Cuba
Public-Private Partnerships Alert | January 28, 2015

U.S. takes first steps to ease Cuba sanctions
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | January 16, 2015

Takeaways from OFAC's latest guidance on Russia sanctions
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | December 16, 2014

Webinar Recording: What do the recent developments in U.S. sanctions mean for your business?
Originally recorded November 20, 2014 | December 1, 2014

$750,000 Wind River penalty could signal change in scrutiny of encryption exports
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | November 11, 2014

To Russia, without love: United States government announces further sanctions against Russia
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | September 15, 2014

Defense and intelligence contractors need to take these three steps to meet new cybersecurity requirements
Government Contracts Alert | August 5, 2014

Cloud users and providers: Have you thought of the U.S. export control laws?
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | July 29, 2014

Five takeaways from the new U.S. sanctions against large Russian energy firms and banks
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | July 18, 2014

Webinar Recording: Cloud Computing: are you trading compliance for convenience?
Originally recorded July 8, 2014 | July 11, 2014

U.S. government cracks down on "tour de fraud": BNP Paribas SA's $8.9 billion settlement should keep financial institutions and companies focused on compliance
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | July 3, 2014

The 500 series: U.S. government eases exports of satellites
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | May 20, 2014

Top five things exporters should know about the U.S. antiboycott laws
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | April 29, 2014

New U.S. sanctions against Russian companies and individuals
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 28, 2014

D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down conflict minerals rule "DRC conflict free" disclosure requirement on First Amendment grounds, but leaves other reporting requirements intact
Securities and Economic Sanctions Alert | April 18, 2014

U.S. stops issuing licenses for exports to Russia — what are the implications for U.S. exporters?
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | April 9, 2014

U.S. ramps up sanctions in response to Crimea crisis
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 28, 2014

U.S. sanctions Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea vote
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | March 17, 2014

New Ukraine-related sanctions: what you need to know
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | March 6, 2014

Clearstream to pay $152 million to U.S. over Iran sanctions claim
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | January 31, 2014

Hold your horses on Iran
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | January 23, 2014

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