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Denver Export Control Attorney in Colorado

Sequoia Legal is a Denver export control law firm that has extensive experience in export licensing and understands the nuances of U.S. export laws, including compliance, export restrictions, and export controls. Our Colorado export compliance lawyers assist with economic sanctions and other national security issues.

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Experienced Economic Sanctions & Export Control Law Firm in Denver

The United States maintains export control regulations to advance critical national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives. Failure to comply with U.S. sanctions and export administration regulations (EAR) can result in serious consequences, including hefty civil fines, withdrawal of permission to export products altogether, and even jail time for responsible parties.

Now, more than ever, competent legal assistance is an absolute must if you are in any way involved in international trade transactions. Our Denver export control attorneys at Sequoia Legal can advise you of U.S. sanctions programs. Our export legal assistance covers compliance and reporting obligations set forth by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), as well as export controls stipulated by the Office of Antiboycott Compliance. We also assist clients with their export control compliance programs for commercial applications of their products.

Our role as sanctions lawyers in Colorado is to help you and your company by obtaining the proper permits and licenses, managing relationships with regulators, and defending you against compliance issues in criminal and civil courts. Finally, our legal team can help you with investigations, due diligence, export licensing, interpretation of regulations, and negotiation of settlements.

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We Advise on Various Areas of U.S. Export Control Laws

Our Denver export compliance law firm has extensive experience with export administration regulations and international trade and can assist clients with developing export control compliance programs. We ensure each client follows appropriate export control compliance and foreign trade regulations for their industry, and our clients hail from nearly every industry sector.

Furthermore, our economic sanctions lawyers may also help you provide voluntary disclosures and notice to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) or other entities. We routinely represent clients relating to regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense and Trade Controls (DDTC).

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Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Compliance

We provide guidance to ensure compliance with Department of Commerce regulations regarding licensing, classification of commodities, licensing exceptions, proliferation concerns, and encryption of technical data. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regulations also include foreign direct product rules and military end-use restrictions, which we can help you navigate. Regulations can change according to current foreign policy, so it’s critical to have a legal team up-to-date with the latest requirements for export compliance matters and export transactions.


ITAR Compliance

The Department of State DDTC and ITAR govern much of the defense trade controls for international trade, and your compliance with their regulations will depend on the products you plan to sell to a particular foreign country. We help clients understand export control laws for registration, licensing, brokering, commodity jurisdiction, Part 130 compliance, and classification of commodities. We can also help your company develop export compliance programs to help comply with export restrictions and avoid penalties.

Embargoes and Sanctions/OFAC

Our export control compliance attorneys advise both U.S. and non-U.S. clients on banking and international trade compliance and how embargoes and economic sanctions may affect their business. These economic sanctions are administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against foreign companies or persons, regions, countries, states, or other entities. We provide strategic advice, help with compliance, and can negotiate enforcement actions or penalties. We also provide advisory opinion results, internal investigations, and delisting.

US Anti-Boycott Compliance

We regularly counsel clients on the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments' reporting obligations and substantive proscriptions in regard to anti-boycott compliance. These export restrictions prevent companies from participating in federally unsanctioned boycotts. Our services include designing a compliance program to avoid participating in boycotts, training employees, and conducting independent internal investigations to ensure that you are compliant with the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC). Our legal team also defends clients against the IRS and the OAC for noncompliance issues.

Compliance and Investigations

Your company may require a compliance program or technology control plans to conduct international trade per U.S. export control and sanctions requirements. We can help you understand export compliance matters for your goods and services, build the proper protocols to follow the law, and can help you conduct compliance audits as regulations change.


Jurisdiction Counseling and Licensing

We can evaluate a prospective export transaction to anticipate and surmount any obstacles that may present themselves. We can design alternatives, seek appropriate authorizations, and take advantage of any applicable exceptions. You may be subject to complex licensing requirements, but we can help you complete and submit license and agreement applications. We can also help you prepare OFAC license renewal or addendums, as well as identify any general authorizations you may need for trade.

Export Classification of Goods and Services

We help determine the proper classification of all goods, services, and technical data as per the Commerce Control List (CCL) or the U.S. Munitions List (USML). We can help prepare commodity jurisdiction and commodity classification requests to verify the correct Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN). When applicable, we can also ensure your trade is compliant with defense trade controls.

Risk Assessment and Audits

We can conduct risk assessments and audits to determine the specific economic sanctions and export controls that are most likely to affect your company. In the course of due diligence, you can avoid a government investigation by conducting a risk assessment and internal audit of your unique situation, including how certain economic sanctions regulations and foreign assets control may pose a risk to your business. We help you strengthen your existing compliance protocols and conduct ongoing monitoring of your programs.

Investigations and Enforcement

You can avoid violations by implementing compliance programs and offering voluntary self-disclosures to the appropriate government agencies. We offer advice on export controls and economic policies pertaining to international trade, and we vigorously represent clients in any investigation conducted by the FBI, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department. In the event of an investigation, we can conduct due diligence and help your company supply voluntary and mandatory disclosures to reduce the impact of any violations that might be uncovered.

Mergers & Acquisitions

We help companies mitigate economic sanctions or export controls risk when merging with a foreign company or being part of an acquisition. This includes preparing legal documents and technical assistance agreements for joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, or IPOs. We'll scrutinize contracts to ensure no violations of U.S. export controls, antiboycott regulations, or current economic sanctions.

Voluntary Disclosures

We'll help you complete due diligence and analyze your company to determine whether voluntary disclosures are necessary. We advise on the pros and cons of voluntary disclosures for your situation and prepare and submit your disclosure reports promptly. Our lawyers also respond to government queries on your behalf and engage in any necessary settlement negotiations.

We Handle Various Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Matters

We Assist Companies Across Numerous Defense-Related Sectors

Our export control attorneys have extensive experience in helping companies navigate the regulatory maze of U.S. export controls, resolving issues such as:

  • Export licensing;
  • Interpretation of complex export control regulations;
  • Compliance matters;
  • “Dual use” products and technology;
  • Administrative and criminal investigations of alleged export control violations;
  • Developing internal compliance programs and related training;
  • Issues involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and similar regulations.

Our economic sanctions lawyers provide a variety of services depending on your needs. Some of our legal representative matters and export control matters include counseling clients on issues such as:

  • The export of dual-use and defense-related items governed by the EAR and ITAR;
  • The State Department’s economic sanctions policy for sensitive nations or regions, such as the Middle East and China; and
  • Complying with anti-terrorism regulations and export controls.
Defense-Related Sectors
Defense-Related Sectors

We also help small companies negotiate acquisitions by foreign purchasers, which may require working in compliance with the Patriot Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as advising the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) of your intent to transfer ownership and control to foreign persons.

Furthermore, our economic sanctions lawyers may also help you provide voluntary disclosures and notice to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) or other entities. We routinely represent clients relating to regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense and Trade Controls (DDTC).

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Schedule an online appointment today to learn more about how our law firm helps to negotiate the regulations for export controls and economic sanctions. We can help represent you in a government investigation or avoid one altogether!

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Clients We Help with Economic Sanctions Issues

Sequoia Legal represents clients across a wide range of industries, so we understand that each company will have unique needs for export administration regulations (EAR) compliance.

Export control and compliance are more likely to be an issue in some industries than in others. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, technology companies, service providers, and foreign suppliers are particularly likely to run into issues, especially to the extent that their activities are related to dual-use items.

Our Corporate M&A Lawyers Serve A Wide Range Of Clients
Our Corporate M&A Lawyers Serve A Wide Range Of Clients

We serve clients operating in the following industries, among others:

  • Defense industry manufacturers of military articles;
  • Major university research institutions;
  • Providers of military training and cyber services;
  • Telecommunications designers and manufacturers;
  • Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Centers;
  • Semiconductor producers and foundries;
  • Air transport companies;
  • Cloud service providers;
  • Financial institutions;
  • Software developers;
  • Designers and manufacturers of medical devices.
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Our export control compliance lawyers also have extensive experience in the technology and encryption sector. We also stay current on U.S. foreign assets control and commodity jurisdiction matters.

Export Control Regulations Agencies We Work with

We advise clients on U.S. sanctions programs and U.S. export control laws, including:

  • Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations and Foreign Trade Regulations;
  • Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations;
  • Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (when exporting nuclear equipment, material, and technology);
  • Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency regulations;
  • Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Department of State economic sanctions;
  • Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive regulations.

We help you understand economic sanctions and foreign investment so that you can plan your business growth.

Why Choose Sequoia Legal for Export Control Legal Assistance in Colorado?

Extensive Experience

Extensive Experience

Each field has unique challenges when it comes to economic sanctions, regulations, and oversight by various federal agencies. Our export control lawyers enjoy extensive experience working with US government agencies such as the Commerce Department, the State Department, US Customs and Border Protection, etc.

Skilled Legal Representation

Broad Skillset

We offer versatile skills, including auditing, compliance procedures, due diligence, trade analysis, penalty negotiation, and mitigation, litigation, and more.

In-Depth Knowledge of National 
Security Regulations

Customized Approach

We offer a customized approach, not “cookie-cutter” solutions. No two cases are alike, and no two clients are alike. We offer practical solutions and guidance to help our clients manage complex international trade compliance obligations.

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Our Successful Cases

No Penalty Voluntary Disclosures to US Gov

Companies routinely face complex situations when exporting or doing business internationally. There is a complex set of laws and regulations applicable to the persons, places and products involved in international business. Businesses sometimes end up violating or running afoul of these highly technical and complicated rules. Sequoia Legal has represented various US and foreign companies in conducting internal investigations relating to suspected violations of US sanctions and export controls. Following completion of these internal investigations, where necessary, we have assisted clients in voluntarily disclosing suspected violations to US authorities and have obtained favorable outcomes, including reduced penalties or no penalties. This has allowed our clients to sleep at night and continue to expand and do business internationally in compliance with applicable US law.

Successful Sale of Technology Startup

Our team at Sequoia Legal regularly helps sellers and buyers of businesses navigate the intricacies of the purchase and sale process to help them achieve their dreams. In this case, Sequoia Legal was brought on by the owners of a local technology company in a sale to a strategic acquirer with a total transaction value in the multiple millions. We successfully negotiated transaction agreements, including due diligence with the buyer and post-closing employment agreements, and closed the transaction within an expedited 30 days period. As part of this process, we helped educate the sellers through their first transaction and work through the emotional roller coaster of selling your business.

Rock Solid FCPA and Export Compliance Programs

Our Denver export compliance law firm has extensive experience with export administration regulations, the FCPA and international trade and can assist clients with developing export control and FCPA compliance programs. We ensure each client follows appropriate FCPA, export control compliance and foreign trade regulations for their industry, and our clients hail from nearly every industry sector. The attorneys at Sequoia Legal have successfully assisted and provided continued guidance for several international companies regarding the internal implementation of FCPA and export compliance plans. These companies employ and engage in various transactions with individuals and companies around the world. To ensure continued compliance with US sanctions laws and regulations following the implementation of the FCPA and export compliance programs, Sequoia Legal has conducted company audits, interviews and internal FCPA training programs. Due to the diligence of the Sequoia Legal team, zero issues or enforcement actions have been taken by the US government against Sequoia's clients for any FCPA or export related matter. An investment in a Sequoia Legal compliance plan has saved our clients time, focus and money.

Searching for Search Fund Success

And Finding It! Sequoia Legal regularly helps search funds and individuals find, acquire and successfully build new businesses. Our client was a search funder focused on acquiring a company in the professional services industry. We assisted in negotiating several LOI's that fell through, but as a result of that process, we found the right acquisition fit and assisted our client in executing an LOI, conducting due diligence, structuring the deal, negotiating the purchase agreement, working with the SBA and completing a deal that included a cash payment, SBA loan and seller financing with a variable note that reduced if certain revenue metrics were not achieved. We then assisted our client with several "tuck-in" acquisitions to further augment and accelerate the client's goals and exponentially grow revenue.

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Discuss Your Matters With Denver Export Compliance Lawyers

Federal export regulations and economic sanctions are so complex that you need a certain amount of knowledge even to determine whether or not you have a problem. We can advise you, help you navigate foreign assets, control minefields before a violation occurs, represent you in a government investigation, and advocate on your behalf. Contact the export control lawyers Sequoia Legal today at (303) 476-2851 or schedule a consultation online.

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Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs)

What is an export control license?

An export control license is written permission from the US federal government to execute a specific export transaction. This license includes the transfer of information and technology to non-US persons, including foreign persons or companies.

What items are subject to export control?

Potentially, any product made in the US or that incorporates US-made content can be subject to export controls regulations or international traffic in arms regulations. This includes products (including software) or defense industry goods and technical data with military or space applications, including “dual use” (both commercial and military uses) items. Regulations also govern re-export and the transfer of technology to foreign individuals within the US.

What are export control compliance requirements?

Requirements are extensive. They include proper classification, documentation, licensing, and end-use monitoring. Several US government agencies have enacted comprehensive regulations covering export controls.

What are the penalties for violating export control laws and regulations?

The penalties for export control violations depend on the prosecuting agency. For example, the DDTC, OFAC, and BIS may overlap and assess a penalty for a certain part of a single incident. Penalties can include up to 10 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.