Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

We help clients comply with the dynamic, complex and rapidly changing U.S. export controls and sanctions that affect virtually every industry.

Our approach

As companies increasingly do business on a global scale, they face new challenges with export control and sanctions compliance.

Our clients encounter regulatory complexities shipping or transferring goods, software, technology and services across national borders; engaging in global M&A activity; outsourcing patent applications abroad; and giving non-U.S. employees access to information.

Restrictions can even apply to purely domestic transfers (“deemed exports”).

We help clients overcome hurdles and delays that hinder transactions and advise on obtaining authorizations and using license exceptions. We also assist in developing export compliance programs that minimize the risk of export control violations.

Our counsel concerning U.S. export controls and sanctions includes issues involving:

  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Sanctions regimes administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Our team conducts internal investigations, prepares voluntary disclosures and defends against civil and criminal enforcement actions. We also conduct due diligence and assist in negotiating language for clients engaged in global M&A activity to avoid violations of U.S. export controls and sanctions.

Who we work with

  • Government contractors
  • Defense and security companies
  • Military suppliers
  • Software developers (including encryption)
  • Information technology providers
  • Outsourcing companies
  • Medical device companies
  • Health care organizations
  • Universities
  • Research organizations
  • Software-as-a-service providers
  • Tech companies
  • Banks
  • Financial institutions
  • Small Business Innovation Research participants
  • Law enforcement suppliers

Russian counter-sanctions: Time to review the supply chain (again)

Export Compliance Manager | March 25, 2022

This article covering Russia’s curbs on the import and export of certain goods quotes Boston Corporate partner Alexandra López-Casero and counsel David Crosby on the supply chain impacts of these counter-sanctions, along with recommendations for export compliance managers and companies that deal with Russian raw materials.

US Sanctions Agency Is Losing Record Number of Employees

Export Compliance Daily | November 02, 2020

This article, covering a recent employee exodus from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, quotes Boston Corporate partner Alexandra López-Casero on how the turnover could create challenges for industry.

OFAC Getting 'Worse and Worse' at Responding to Industry Sanctions Questions, Lawyer Says

Export Compliance Daily | February 03, 2020

This article, which addresses sanctions enforcement by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and related questions from industry stakeholders, includes commentary from Boston Corporate partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher from their webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Export Council on January 30.

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