Companies seeking to expand markets and strengthen distribution and supply chains must navigate complex regulatory requirements around the world. As you export products or technology, source goods in foreign markets, provide services internationally, or transact business in international commerce – we can help you to reach pragmatic, real-world solutions to the varying legal and compliance challenges of operating an international business.
We provide counsel in the legal regimes that govern international trade including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and European Union sanctions, money laundering, and issues relating to investment and strategic transactions in domestic and foreign markets. Our work in these areas also involves practice before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Defense Security Service (DSS), and advising companies on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). We also provide assistance with issues relating to customs, supporting our clients in managing the duty burden through assessing and developing company policies on customs value, origin, and classification. Where appropriate, we endeavour to provide or restore legal certainty through binding rulings.
We can represent you if you are faced with significant criminal and administrative enforcement, and we can successfully resolve multi-agency investigations led by the Department of Justice, OFAC, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), The European Anti-Fraud Office, the European Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
We can also advise your business on strategic and regulatory issues affecting investment and trade in the world’s developed and emerging economies. Our objective is to help you focus on the growth of your operations, while we work to prevent impediments to your global business strategies and avoid civil and criminal liability. We can help you navigate the complex trade requirements in a diverse array of legal disciplines, such as:
- Export controls (ITAR/EAR)
- Sanctions (OFAC)
- Customs/import regulations
- Anti-bribery (FCPA)
- Foreign investment in the United States and foreign ownership, control or influence (CFIUS/FOCI)
- National security (NISPOM/DSS)