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Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Overcoming global trade challenges.

Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, technology companies, service providers and foreign suppliers turn to Husch Blackwell for guidance on export controls and economic sanctions. We advise on compliance and licensing related to Export Administration Regulations (EAR); International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations; trade sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and representation; and anti-boycott compliance.

The multidisciplinary strength of the broader firm enables us to call on attorneys in other strategic areas of law, including corporate, government relations, white collar crime and investigations, intellectual property and environmental matters.

Representative Experience

  • Led worldwide investigation on U.S. export controls and economic sanctions compliance for global supplier of equipment for oil and gas exploration.
  • Conducted deemed export control reviews for various global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and financial services clients.
  • Represented global media and communications clients before OFAC in trade sanctions investigation.
  • Submitted numerous voluntary disclosures to Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Bureau of Census, Foreign Trade Division (Census) and OFAC concerning export compliance issues, including unlicensed exports of goods and technical data.
  • Advised clients on export controls, sanctions, FCPA and antiboycott matters, including internal audits and investigations.
  • Provided acquisition due diligence advice to clients in export controls, sanctions and FCPA matters.
  • Reviewed documentation to determine whether it contains antiboycott information/language, which would prohibit an activity or require reporting to the Department of Commerce as per the EAR.
  • Analyzed exported goods to assist in determination of applicability of export control licensing/approvals by BIS and DDTC; advised clients concerning commodity classifications for Export Control Classification Numbers and United States Munitions List.
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