Alexandra López-Casero represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a wide range of international trade-related issues. She serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non U.S.-based companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals, that develop, produce and export a wide range of products, including defense technology, industrial products, chemicals, electronic products, software, life science products, medical devices, pharmaceutical products and equipment, aerospace technology, and consumer products. She concentrates her practice on export controls, economic sanctions, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Alexandra grew up in Germany and began her legal career at Clifford Chance’s office in Frankfurt. After completing a Master of Laws at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Nixon Peabody in 2004.
Alexandra López-Casero specializes in U.S. export control and sanctions laws. She advises U.S., multinational, and non-U.S. companies on all aspects of U.S. export controls and sanctions compliance. Her practice spans counseling companies on regulatory compliance, addressing complex, hot-button regulatory questions, drafting and implementing custom-made compliance plans and procedures, and managing voluntary disclosures and internal investigations. A significant portion of her practice also involves performing export controls due diligence on U.S. target companies, advising U.S. and non-U.S. acquirers and strategic investors of compliance risks and potential violations, and post-closing integration/corrective action plans, covering all phases of export compliance, from the first point of regulatory risk through post-shipment activities.
Ms. Lopez-Casero is equally specialized in all three export controls and sanctions regimes: the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) involving defense articles and defense services, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) involving “dual use” and commercial products, and compliance with the embargo and sanctions programs of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), as detailed below.
Ms. Lopez-Casero's ITAR experience spans all aspects of ITAR compliance, including commodity jurisdiction and classification, registration requirements, licensing strategies, license proviso compliance, TAAs and MLAs, re-exports and transfers, deemed (re-)export controls and other technology controls, internal assessments and gap analysis, self-audits, disclosures, training and process creation. She represents clients ranging from defense contractors to manufacturers of industrial products, electronic products and software developers on compliance with ITAR. Ms. Lopez-Casero's experience enables her to carefully tailor ITAR compliance strategies to fit each client’s industry and compliance risk. She also works closely with firms that are new to the ITAR and the processes required to conduct an ITAR-compliant business.
Ms. Lopez-Casero also has extensive experience with exports of dual use and commercial products. She counsels U.S., multinationals and non-U.S. companies on the EAR navigating them through all aspects of EAR compliance, including product classification, licensing requirements and strategies, license preparation, end use and end user controls, deemed export controls, technology controls, compliance manuals and processes, and regulatory interpretation. Ms. Lopez-Casero's experience includes software classification and mastering the EAR’s encryption controls and license exceptions.
Ms. Lopez-Casero's OFAC experience covers all U.S. sanctions regimes, including the rapidly changing economic sanctions restrictions regarding Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and Sudan. Ms. Lopez-Casero speaks and writes regularly on trade control and compliance issues. She has been repeatedly cited by The Wall Street Journal on matters pertaining to export controls and U.S. sanctions, as well as by other publications, including The Export Practitioner and International Trade Law 360.
Alexandra has significant experience representing U.S. and non–U.S. companies on all aspects of the U.S. national security review process before CFIUS. Her clients range from technology companies, international construction and energy companies, defense contractors, manufacturers and private equity firms to non–U.S. government-owned businesses. By way of example, some of Alexandra's recent representative CFIUS experience includes:
The Anti-Corruption Report | May 29, 2018
Corporate partners Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Isabelle de Smedt are quoted in this article discussing the business consequences of the Global Magnitsky Act, a new anti-corruption statute.
Law360 | September 19, 2016
Washington, DC, M&A and corporate transactions partner Alexandra López-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.
Export Controls Alert | 07.02.19
Export Controls Alert | 05.21.19
Export Controls Alert | 05.01.19
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | 08.01.18
Private Equity and M&A Alert | 05.09.18
Sanctions/Foreign Corrupt Practices Alert | 02.01.18
Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Alert | 01.16.17
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Alert | 09.16.16
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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 is admitted to practice in the state of New York, as well as in Germany. She is licensed to practice as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia. Alexandra is not a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is supervised by members of the firm who are members of the Massachusetts Bar.