Economic Sanctions & Export Controls
Against the background of recent international events involving Ukraine, Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, among others, complex export controls, economic sanctions and trade embargoes continue to evolve.
White & Case's global team for Economic Sanctions & Export Controls routinely advises clients across a variety of industries in carrying out global business in compliance with export controls, economic sanctions and national security restrictions administered by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Switzerland, among other jurisdictions throughout the world. White & Case also advises on UN sanctions, both as a stand-alone regime and as implemented by various UN members.
White & Case has an experienced global team that collaborates seamlessly to offer cross-border counseling in major regulatory and business centers around the world. Our ofﬁces in Washington DC, Houston, New York, Brussels, London, Geneva, Stockholm, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing, among other locations, house sanctions and export control lawyers and professional advisors of many nationalities who are ﬂuent in multiple languages.
Compliance, investigations and remediation
Our global trade compliance team guides clients through rapidly changing embargoes and other restrictions on targeted countries and blacklisted parties, and understands how these impact business operations. Specifically on export controls, our team helps clients navigate the complex rules relating to classiﬁcation of products and technologies for export control purposes and determination of the compliance implications of any dual-use classiﬁcation in different countries.
We advise clients on high-stakes and high-value transactions, including with respect to due diligence, crafting and negotiating contractual provisions to manage risk in relation to sanctions and export controls. We help clients put in place effective compliance programs, and offer bespoke training in support. Our team conducts internal investigations and advises on the voluntary self-disclosure process, including the associated risks and beneﬁts of making such disclosures in various jurisdictions. We also assist clients who ﬁnd themselves targeted by sanctions or export controls, including in connection with de-listing applications.
Working with regulatory agencies
We routinely assist in license applications and seeking interpretive guidance from sanctions authorities across multiple jurisdictions. We also represent clients before the authorities, including OFAC and the DOJ, in civil and criminal government investigations of apparent export control or sanctions violations. Many of our lawyers have experience working directly for these agencies.
These authorities include:
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury
- US Department of State
- US Department of Justice (DOJ)
- The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce
- European Commission and the European External Action Service
- Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) of HM Treasury in the United Kingdom
- UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
- The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) of the UK Department for International Trade
- Deutsche Bundesbank and the Bundesamt für Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA) in Germany
- Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR) and Direction générale du Trésor in France
- Central Service for Imports and Exports (CDIU) in the Netherlands
- The Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) in Sweden
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan
Deep industry expertise
We routinely provide services to the following sectors, and beyond.
- Financial institutions
- Sovereign governments and state-owned entities
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Ranked Band 1
Chambers Global – International Trade/WTO 2022
Nationally ranked practice
Chambers USA – International Trade – Export Controls & Economic Sanctions 2021
The Legal 500 USA – International Trade 2021
"The group is well versed in economic sanctions and export controls issues."
The Legal 500 USA 2021