- University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M.
- University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Certificate in Business and Public Policy
- Bavarian Ministry of Justice, Second Judicial State Examination
- University of Regensburg Law School, First Judicial State Examination (J.D.)
Alexandra is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Alexandra López-Casero concentrates her practice on international business transactions, export controls, economic sanctions, national security (Exon-Florio) reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and energy and infrastructure projects.
What do you focus on?
I help businesses comply with export and CFIUS regulations, mitigate cross-border compliance risk and optimize their trade compliance policies and procedures. I have detailed knowledge and understanding of the U.S. trade control regimes, laws, regulations and sanctions policies affecting U.S. and global businesses.
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
I counsel clients on complying with the export, sanctions and anti-boycott regulations, obtaining government licenses and authorizations, conducting export control due diligence prior to acquisitions, designing and implementing compliance programs and voluntarily disclosing export violations to the applicable U.S. government agencies. I represent clients in export control cases at the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security and Energy.
National Security Reviews of Foreign Investment (CFIUS)
I have significant experience representing U.S. and foreign clients in national security (Exon-Florio) reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). I have represented a diverse group of clients in CFIUS reviews ranging from technology companies, international construction and energy companies, defense contractors, manufacturers and private equity firms to foreign government-owned businesses. I provide counsel on structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions to address regulatory issues including CFIUS approval.
Energy and Infrastructure Projects
I have worked on large energy and infrastructure transactions, including the CapX 2020 Transmission Expansion Projects. The aggregate construction cost of the projects exceeded $2.0 billion. I was also involved in drafting and negotiating several Engineering Procurement and Construction Agreements for large infrastructure projects, including the construction of a 1600 MW coal-fired power plant in Illinois, a coal-fired CFB generating unit in Wisconsin, a hydroelectric project in the Midwest, air pollution retrofit work in Wisconsin Power and Light’s existing coal fleet and gas-fired generation facilities in Treasure Coast, Florida.
What do you see on the horizon?
I’m closely following Export Control Reform: the Obama Administration is in the midst of the most comprehensive reform of U.S. export controls in decades. But the new rules that implement these changes are complex. The transition will be more daunting to those exporters who are not very familiar with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and whose products are now moving from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the EAR. As the administration continues to issue revisions to the USML and CCL this year, at least from the industry’s perspective, success will be judged by whether the recent and upcoming changes actually reduce the administrative burden on companies.
Publications and Presentations
- “Takeaways From CFIUS’ Latest Win In Court”, Energy Law360, Environmental Law 360, International Trade Law 360, Mergers & Acquisitions Law 360, Project Finance Law 360, and Public Policy Law 360, November 12, 2013. (Co-Author)
- “Changes To License Exceptions Ease Way For Exporters”, International Trade Law360, July 31, 2013. (Co-Author)
- “Export Reform: Understanding License Exception SAT”, International Trade Law360, June 24, 2013. (Author)
- “Startup Pushes Encryption, but Doubts Arise”, Wall Street Journal, quoted on the export control implications of cloud computing, June 21, 2013.
- “Preparing to Do the Deal: Know Your Filing Obligations Under Hart-Scott-Rodino, CFIUS, and the Immigration Laws,” Nixon Peabody’s Semi-annual CLE Program, May 30–31, 2013, Rochester and Buffalo, New York.
- “What Exporters Need To Do Before October 15, International Trade Law360, May 23, 2013. (Co-Author)
- “A Roadmap for Navigating the Revised USML And CCL”, International Trade Law360, May 17, 2013. (Author)
- “Export Controls Reform: Understanding the 600 Series”, International Trade Law360, May 2, 2013. (Co-Author)
- “Export Controls Reform Has Arrived”, International Trade Law360, April 22, 2013. (Co-Author)
- “Ralls Case Shows Importance of Proactively Engaging CFIUS”, International Trade Law360, March 12, 2013. (Author)
- “Introduction to U.S. Export Controls,” Nixon Peabody’s Semi-annual CLE Program, November 15-16, 2012, Rochester and Buffalo, New York.
- “The Export Control Implications of Cloud Computing,” Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (SVAGC), October 21, 2011, Santa Clara, California.
- “The Export Control Implications of Cloud Computing”, The Lawyer’s Brief, September 15, 2011. (Author)
- “Navigating U.S. Controls on Exports to China”, International Trade Law 360, November 15, 2010. (Author)
- Takeaways from CFIUS' Latest Win in Court
Law360 | November 12, 2013
This column, authored by Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Relations & Public Policy counsel Doug Dziak, highlights important takeaways from a District of Columbia federal court decision in favor of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in a case against Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation.
- People on the Move
Washington Business Journal | October 28, 2013
This coverage highlights Washington, DC, Global Business & Transactions attorney Alexandra Lopez-Casero’s elevation to counsel.
- Changes To License Exceptions Ease Way For Exporters
Law360 | July 31, 2013
A team of Washington, DC, attorneys, including Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Lindsey Nelson and partner Grayson Yeargin, Global Business & Transactions associate Alexandra Lopez-Casero, and Private Equity & Investment Funds associate Nick Rosenberg co-authored this column focused on changes to license exceptions that will make it easier for companies to export items abroad.