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Denver Export Control Compliance Attorneys

Sequoia Legal's export control attorneys have extensive experience in export licensing and understand the nuances of U.S. export laws, including compliance, export restrictions, and export controls. We represent clients in industries that may be subject to regulations from the EAR and ITAR.
Our government-trained export compliance lawyers assist with economic sanctions and other national security issues.

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Experienced Economic Sanctions & Export Control Lawyers in Colorado

The United States maintains export control regulations to advance critical national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives. These regulations are no laughing matter. The nature of these controls is ever-changing and involves an ever-increasing number of federal agencies. 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.

As part of our export control compliance service, we consult on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a treaty to reduce the international traffic of certain weapons. As your export control attorneys, we can advise you of changes to U.S. sanctions programs. We also conduct internal investigations on your behalf.

Now, more than ever, competent legal assistance is an absolute must if you are in any way involved in international trade transactions.

Our export legal assistance also covers compliance and reporting obligations set forth by 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 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.

Our Denver Export Control Attorneys Handle Various Export Controls and 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).

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

Our legal team has extensive experience with export administration regulations and international trade and can assist clients with developing export control compliance programs. Sequoia Legal's export compliance attorneys have extensive experience and depth of knowledge in export control regulations, policies, and interagency processes.
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. We offer the following services:

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Compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

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.


Compliance with the ITAR

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.


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Some of our services include:

  • 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 Control Compliance Programs
    These programs aim to avoid situations that might trigger a government investigation and mitigate the consequences of a violation should one occur. Our lawyers work with small companies and multinational enterprise clients to develop or enhance their compliance programs for EAR, ITAR, and foreign assets control (OFAC) to avoid compliance issues, particularly when it comes to your products' foreign destinations. We can also help develop compliance audits and set stages for implementation and training.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.

Our due diligence for our clients helps them understand how certain economic sanctions and embargoes or traffic in arms regulations can affect their business practices, research, and other activities.

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?

We offer a customized approach, not “cookie-cutter” solutions. No two cases are alike, and no two clients are alike. We have extensive experience representing clients involved in international trade, including due diligence for export controls, affecting a wide range of industries. We even help in specialized areas like technology control plans.

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.

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

We offer practical solutions and guidance to help our clients manage complex international trade compliance obligations.

Meet Our Denver Export Control & Sanctions Lawyers

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Discuss Your Matters with Our Experienced 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.