Cozen O’Connor: Trade Regulations, Export Controls & Sanctions

Trade Regulations, Export Controls & Sanctions

International trade has long been heavily regulated, but today’s cross-border transactions are coming under greater governmental scrutiny than ever before—and regulatory violations can lead to significant civil and criminal penalties. Given the complexity of global transactions and the pace of regulatory change, compliance is not easy. Cozen O’Connor provides comprehensive international trade counsel and advocacy designed for the modern era.

The firm represents clients from diverse industries at all stages of a transaction. We work with ocean and inland carriers, technology companies, manufacturers, global shippers and individual executives, both foreign and domestic, in connection with U.S. and international trade regulations. 

Cozen O’Connor attorneys work with the full range of federal agencies that oversee U.S. trade policy, including the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Customs and Border Protection and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

Our attorneys advise clients on all facets of U.S. trade sanctions and export controls, including Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the myriad economic sanctions regimes. We frequently counsel clients regarding export licensing, commodity classification, anti-boycott regulations, and trade restrictions involving embargoed countries and sanctioned individuals and entities. We advise clients on U.S. Customs regulations relating to duties and tariffs, documentation requirements, contraband, cargo clearance and supply-chain security.

Our primary goal is to help clients achieve compliance with trade regulations while supporting their business objectives. Cozen O’Connor attorneys routinely perform high-level audits, design compliance policies, provide on-site training and advise on major transactions. We also help clients respond to trade incidents or government inquiries, lead internal investigations of potential violations and assist with voluntary disclosures. When necessary, we handle major government investigations and enforcement actions, appeals of agency decisions to the courts, and criminal and civil litigation.

We work closely with each client to create workable, practical and tailored strategies. What distinguishes Cozen O’Connor is not just that we understand the vast and complicated set of constantly shifting regulatory requirements, but also the operational realities of the industries we are supporting. 


Venezuela: Not an Embargo, but Closer

August 08, 2019

In a significant escalation of economic pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro regime, President Trump issued an executive order on August 5 that blocks all Venezuelan government property in the U.S. or in the possession of U.S. persons.

OFAC Issues Iran-Related Civil Aviation Industry Advisory

July 30, 2019

Don Kassilke and Bob Foster discuss OFAC's Iran-Related Civil Aviation Industry Advisory and why it could mean OFAC will be taking a greater interest in the Iranian aviation sector.

Droning On: Trump Administration Calls for Additional Sanctions on Iran [Alert]

June 26, 2019

Don Kassilke and Matt Howell discuss the largely symbolic new round of sanctions specifically targeting the senior leadership of the Iranian regime.

OFAC Issues Compliance Guidance to Companies [Alert]

May 09, 2019

Stephen Miller and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss OFAC's expectations for effective sanctions compliance programs.

U.S. Lowers the (Oil) Boom on Venezuela [Alert]

February 05, 2019

Don Kassilke and Matt Howell discuss Executive Order 13850 and why it is important entities that have dealings with PdVSA or any of its related entities carefully review the restrictions and general licenses published by OFAC to ensure compliance with applicable OFAC regulations.

OFAC Announces Imminent Termination of Rusal Sanctions [Alert]

December 20, 2018

Don Kassilke and Matt Howell discuss the Treasury Department's decision to terminate sanctions imposed on En+ Group PLC, United Company Rusal PLC ), and JSC EuroSibEnergo, three companies placed on the SDN list because they were owned or controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch sanctioned pursuant to Executive Orders 13661 and 13662.

U.S. Completes Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal [Alert]

November 06, 2018

Don Kassilke and Matt Howell discuss the conclusion of the wind-down periods and the United State's return to the pre-JCPOA status quo with regard to most secondary sanctions.

President Trump Withdraws the United States from JCPOA with Iran [Transportation & Trade Alert]

May 10, 2018

Don Kassilke discusses President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and its impact on the aircraft manufacturing sector, U.S. persons, and non-U.S. persons and entities.

United States Increases Pressure on Venezuela [Transportation & Trade Alert]

August 28, 2017

The Trump administration effectively restricted the Government of Venezuela and Venezuela’s state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., from access to U.S. financial markets.

Russia-Iran-North Korea Sanctions: Congress Makes a Statement [Transportation & Trade Alert]

August 01, 2017

Donald Kassilke, Robert Freeman, and Jennifer Urban discuss The ‘‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’’ that is composed of three distinct titles each of which mandates the development of various reports and sets out certain mandatory and discretionary sanctions for implementation by the executive branch.

Trump Administration Turns Up the Heat on Iran [Transportation & Trade Alert]

February 06, 2017

Don Kassilke and Jennifer Urban discuss the recent addition of 13 individuals and 12 entities to the SDN list, made pursuant to two existing executive orders that address weapons of mass destruction proliferation and counterterrorism

Events & Seminars

Past Events

EMLO 2017 Spring Seminar

April 27, 2017 - Genoa, Italy