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). Law 360 has appointed Alexandra to serve on their 2017 International Trade editorial advisory board.
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 enjoys working with U.S. and non–U.S. clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of export control and economic sanctions matters helping them successfully navigate the complex U.S. trade control laws. Her focus is on mitigating cross-border compliance risk and optimizing trade compliance procedures through effective, global export compliance strategies involving all phases of export compliance, from the first point of regulatory risk through post-shipment activities.
Alexandra'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. Alexandra'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.
Alexandra also has extensive experience with exports of so-called “dual use” products. She counsels U.S., multinationals and non-U.S. companies counsel clients on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (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. Alexandra's experience includes software classification and mastering the EAR’s encryption controls and license exceptions.
Alexandra's OFAC experience covers all U.S. sanctions regimes, including the sanctions against Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Burma and the recent Ukraine-related sanctions.
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:
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 EAR, and whose products are moving from the ITAR to the EAR as part of the new “600 series.” As the administration continues to issue revisions to the USML and CCL, the reform efforts will be judged, at least from the industry’s perspective, by whether the recent and upcoming changes actually reduce the administrative burden on companies.
Law360 | September 20, 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.
Law360 | February 29, 2016
Washington, DC, partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is highlighted in this article as part of Law 360’s 2016 International Trade editorial advisory board.
New York Times | January 14, 2016
Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions group partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article regarding investments in North Korea that may violate American sanctions.
Law360 | November 02, 2015
Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, business department law clerk Anjali Vohra authored this column discussing a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control settlement underscoring the high compliance expectations placed on firms, the benefit of timely and complete voluntary self-disclosures and the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. sanctions program.
Compliance Week | July 06, 2015
Washington, DC, Business Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero provides commentary in this article on new amendments to U.S. export control regulations that are on the horizon.
Rochester Business Journal | June 26, 2015
Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article on doing business in Cuba.
Site Selection | May 13, 2015
Washington, DC, partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero is quoted in this article discussing why location matters for multinationals in light of the largest criminal fine ever paid in connection with an International Emergency Economic Powers Act prosecution.
Rochester Business Journal | February 13, 2015
M&A and Corporate Transactions partners Jeff LaBarge and Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Commercial Litigation counsel Alycia Ziarno authored this column on the business implications of easing Cuba sanctions.
Law360 | December 22, 2014
In this column, Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero discusses the Office of Foreign Assets Controls’ new FAQs addressing U.S. companies’ challenges in connection with the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List from the U.S. sanctions against Russian business interests.
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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 District of Columbia Bar and is supervised by members of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.