We help businesses with US export controls, CFIUS requirements and economic sanctions compliance so they’ll avoid severe penalties for violations. Our areas of focus include:
We advise clients on export controls enforced by the US Commerce Department, State Department, Treasury Department and Defense Departments as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – agencies that implement US export controls on equipment, software, commodities and technologies with potentially sensitive military and security applications.
We can assist you and your company by:
Over the last year, the US Government has tightened its restrictions on foreign companies seeking to invest in or acquire US companies in sensitive business sectors, including emerging technologies, biotech, energy, software and logistics.
With increasing scrutiny of business transactions to identify suspicious activities and the new mandatory notification requirement, it is wise to seek Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) clearance before being contacted by the government. This approach often puts a company in a more advantageous position to reach agreements with the government that mitigate potential national security risks and allow a transaction to move forward.
We advise companies on overcoming the regulatory obstacles to their US investments through direct engagement during CFIUS review and through implementing win-win strategies that entail:
If you do international business, you know the importance of anticipating and complying with economic sanctions applied by the US Government, other governments and international organizations. Even inadvertent violations of economic sanctions measures can lead to severe penalties, troublesome restrictions on business activities or major reputational damage.
On behalf of clients, we engage with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the US Treasury Department which enforces economic sanctions laws and regulations. We undertake a number of measures to protect our clients, including:
Companies that export internationally or import from overseas are exposed to an increasingly large risk from corruption, bribery and extortion. This can result in inadvertent and unknowing violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) requirements, a legal tool used by the US Government to combat international crime and terrorism. A finding of FCPA non-compliance can bring major fines and penalties as well as significant damage to corporate reputation.
We offer comprehensive services for advising clients on a full range of FCPA requirements through:
Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your export control, CFIUS, economic sanctions and FCPA challenges. We’re based in Washington, DC but serve clients throughout the country and internationally.