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Eric works closely with in-house counsel and foreign trade teams to help exporters navigate an increasingly complex international trade landscape.

Eric guides U.S. and international companies through export licensing and classification requests, voluntary-self disclosures, international trade due diligence, and other regulatory matters. In addition, Eric helps clients navigate internal and external investigations and enforcement actions, as well as internal compliance and training programs. He works with clients in a variety of sectors and industries, including aviation, manufacturing and equipment, cybersecurity, technology, defense contracting, logistics, energy, consumer products, and healthcare.

Sanctions Designations and Business Advisory Issued by OFAC and the U.S. State Department

On February 23, 2024, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and Department of State together announced more than 500 sanctions designations targeting government officials, companies, and individuals in Russia and beyond.  The sanctions, which the U.S. stated were intended

Executive Order Imposes New Russia Sanctions for Foreign Financial Institutions and Prohibits Additional Russian Imports

On December 22, 2023, President Biden issued Executive Order 14114, which amended previous Executive Orders in order to authorize the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) to impose additional Russia-related sanctions on foreign financial institutions and

On August 18, 2023, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced its final determination that certain solar cells and modules exported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are circumventing the antidumping (“AD”) and countervailing (“CVD”) orders on imports from China after conducting its investigation for over 18 months.  Any duties will only go into effect in

On July 27, 2023, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that U.S. persons reporting boycott-related requests to its Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC) must now also disclose the identity of the specific party that made the request.  Previously, U.S. persons were required to disclose when they had received a boycott-related

On Friday, May 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the addition of more than 300 Russian Federation individuals and companies as well as other individuals and companies alleged to be aiding Russia’s war efforts to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN”) List. Simultaneously, the U.S.

On May 19, 2023, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced new export controls and Entity List additions during President Biden’s G7 visit in Japan.  In conjunction with the G7 meetings, BIS stated these new restrictions are designed to better align U.S. controls with those of its partner and ally countries

Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced the issuance of a $300 million penalty against Seagate Technology LLC and its Singapore affiliate, Seagate Singapore International Headquarters Pte. Ltd., (collectively, “Seagate”) to resolve apparent violations of the Huawei foreign direct product rule (the “Huawei FDP Rule”).  BIS stated this case

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced today new export controls and Entity List additions designed to further restrict Russia’s ability to maintain its continued war against Ukraine. The Biden Administration’s measures come on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the first announcement by several Western countries, including

On Friday, February 24, 2023, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new sanctions against individuals and entities operating in Russia and against those assisting with Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine. In combination with OFAC’s additional sanctions, BIS also implemented additional export control measures and added 86 identified supporters of the

In a recent order, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) revoked the export privileges for Obaidullah Sayed, an Illinois resident. Sayed was convicted of conspiring to export computers, computer systems, and other related equipment to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission without a license. Sayed was sentenced to one year and