Sanctions & Trade Regulatory

Compliance, Licensing, and Litigation Defense Across Critical Regulatory Facets of International Trade

Navigating sanctions and trade regulations can be an overwhelming challenge for multinational corporations, small businesses, and private individuals alike.  Whether you are selling export-controlled goods, engaging in personal transactions, seeking an OFAC or BIS license to export commodities to Cuba or Iran, or require defense in a criminal or civil enforcement matter, Akrivis Law Group, PLLC can help you along every step.  Rather than simply offering advice, we provide solutions with an eye to the long term.  The firm represents public companies all the way down to small businesses and individuals, and customizes its approach to match the needs and budgets of these different varied clients.

Our trade practice covers compliance and defense matters related to the following areas:

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/Anti-Corruption
  • Anti-Boycott
  • Civil and criminal enforcement of sanctions violations, including white collar defense and litigation

OFAC and Sanctions Practice – Compliance Advisory, Licensing, and Civil & Criminal Defense

It would be an understatement to say Akrivis lawyers have extensive experience in the realm of U.S. sanctions regulations as they apply to Iran, Cuba, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Syria, as well as other sanctions programs.  With sanctions regulations changing on an almost weekly basis, our vast experience in this area as well as international business law will be particularly helpful for those companies seeking to ensure full compliance with U.S. law.

Our lawyers regularly advise a broad spectrum of clients around the world on sanctions compliance and defense.  Our finger is on the pulse of this ever-changing area of law and we represent clients large and small before OFAC regularly.  The firm’s Managing Partner Farhad Alavi speaks internationally on U.S. sanctions matters, appearing regularly on international media such as the BBC, Al Jazeera and CCTV, and is often quoted in major media outlets such as The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesFinancial Times (London)Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

With respect to U.S. sanctions, Akrivis maintains one of the United States’ preeminent practices, bringing unique insight into this area stemming from our exceptionally large Iran-related caseload, our native language capability in Persian (Farsi) and our deep knowledge of Iran’s political and business landscape, along with extensive experience gained by our partners on Iran sanctions matters while working in some of the world’s largest, most prestigious law firms.

Whether your issues relate to the regulations administered by OFAC or the BIS, Akrivis Law Group, PLLC is well-positioned to help you meet your compliance and enforcement needs, such as:

  • Obtaining OFAC licenses for transactions in or involving sanctioned countries and entities
  • Civil Sanctions Enforcement Issues and Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSDs)
  • Criminal Defense Arising from alleged IEEPA / Sanctions and Export Control Violations
  • Developing Internal Corporate and Organizational Trade Compliance Programs
  • Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List Removal
  • Release of Blocked Funds at U.S. Financial Institutions
  • International Funds Transfer/ Bankwire and Anti-Money Laundering-related issues

Beyond compliance, we can represent clients on all facets of civil and criminal enforcement, including complete solutions on white collar, sanctions defense and internal corporate investigations arising from alleged sanctions violations.

Complementing our OFAC and BIS practice, we can also advise on exports falling under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and apply for licenses from the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

Export Controls Regulatory Compliance

The BIS maintains stringent requirements on the actual and deemed export of U.S.-controlled “dual use” goods and information around the world. This can affect myriad businesses, from startups exporting a controlled good to established public companies requiring licensing to open facilities overseas manufacturing sensitive technologies.  We regularly represent clients seeking Commodity Classifications, filing Voluntary Self-Disclosures, applying for Export Licenses, handling issues related to listings on the BIS’ various lists, as well as on developing compliance programs designed to prevent future mishaps and mitigate penalties.

Customs Regulations

For those with inbound trade issues ranging from tariff rate quotas (TRQ) to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classifications to outbound and inbound enforcement such as seizures, effective counseling on Customs can make the difference between whether your business moves forward smoothly and boldly or whether your goods get stuck in the ports.  Our experience spans an array of critical issues ranging from CBP seizing goods, to determining the appropriate Customs HTS classification and TRQs for a given good.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 

Compliance with anti-corruption laws is a keystone for doing effective business overseas. With increasing overseas business opportunities and the expansion of OECD and other directives against corruption, anti-corruption is no longer simply a matter of corporate social responsibility but a legal obligation.  This is heightened by intensifying enforcement of FCPA by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  Our FCPA and Anti-Corruption practice regularly advises clients in the United States and abroad on their FCPA obligations, including recommending the implementation of preventative measures, such as rigorous compliance programs.  We can also advise and represent clients on all facets of an FCPA criminal defense matter, including conducting internal investigations and bolstering compliance procedures.

U.S. Anti-Boycott Laws

The United States maintains stringent laws preventing the use of its companies as instruments in furthering economic boycotts in other countries. The most significant boycott is the Arab League’s boycott of Israel. Requirements can vary from situation to situation, and can often include reporting to the BIS. Akrivis can help you determine what issues are of relevance to you and how to ensure compliance