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

Our experienced team can help you navigate complex U.S. trade regulations, from defending in enforcement actions to providing day to day compliance advice in the following areas:

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions
  • U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) export controls
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) / Anti-Corruption
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Filings/Disclosures and Compliance
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance
  • Anti-Boycott Compliance
  • Civil and criminal enforcement of sanctions violations, including white collar defense and litigation

Economic Sanctions & Export Controls Practice – Compliance Licensing, Defense, and Delisting

Akrivis maintains one of the United States’ preeminent practices in the economic sanctions field, bringing unique insight from our exceptionally large caseload, along with extensive experience gained by our lawyers on sanctions matters while working in some of the world’s largest, most prestigious law firms.  Given the close tie between economic sanctions and export controls to U.S. national security policy, these regulations are increasingly important and change frequently – often on a weekly basis. Our vast experience in this area as well as international commercial law can be particularly helpful for those companies seeking to ensure full compliance with U.S. law.

Our finger is on the pulse of this ever-changing area of law and we represent clients large and small before OFAC regularly.  Partner Farhad Alavi speaks internationally on sanctions matters, appearing regularly on international media such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, and CGTN, and is often quoted in major media outlets such as The New York Times, Financial TimesWashington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Whether your concerns and priorities relate to regulations administered by OFAC or the BIS, Akrivis can help you meet your compliance and enforcement needs, such as:

  • Obtaining OFAC licenses for transactions involving sanctioned countries and entities
  • Civil Sanctions Enforcement Issues & Voluntary Self-Disclosures (VSDs)
  • Internal Corporate Investigations and Developing Corporate Programs
  • Criminal Defense Arising from alleged IEEPA / Sanctions and Export Control Violations
  • Removal from OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the SDN List)
  • Release of Blocked Funds at U.S. Financial Institutions
  • International Funds Transfer/ Wire and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) related issues
  • BIS Commodity Classifications
  • BIS Entity List & Unverified List Removal

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 an issue 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 U.S. and overseas clients on their FCPA obligations from advisory work to compliance.  We can also advise and represent clients on all facets of an FCPA criminal defense matter, including conducting internal investigations and bolstering compliance procedures.