Our International Trade Compliance Practice Group is trusted by companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 50, including many of the world's largest defense companies, international law firms, leading universities, emerging companies, major financial institutions, and privately owned manufacturers. Clients hail from all over the world, and their industry sectors span aerospace to banking and insurance, firearms to venture capital, electronics to life sciences, and sporting goods to education. Our clients' confidence in us stems from our team's skill and experience, our your-problem-is-our-problem approach, our ability to understand our clients' businesses, and our working collaboratively to suit their needs.
We take pride in our ability to provide practical, effective, risk-based, and business-sensitive guidance on a wide range of export, trade sanctions, anti-corruption, foreign investment, and other international trade compliance concerns, including
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
- Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
- Embargo and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE)
- Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
- Government contract disputes, counterfeit parts, the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA), and the False Claims Act (FCA)
Our team is made up of a deep bench of 11 attorneys, most of whom have in-house compliance experience, and three of whom have decades of federal prosecutorial experience and know how to effectively defend against government civil and criminal enforcement actions.
We've handled many hundreds of voluntary and directed investigations into trade compliance issues, served as State Department approved external monitors and auditors, and represented global companies in the throes of government enforcement actions by regulators including DOJ, BIS/OEE, DOC, OFAC, and others. As a result of our boots-on-the-ground experience, both as in-house and outside compliance counsel, we understand the need to devise practical, workable solutions; the indispensability of effective program management; and the formidable challenge of deploying compliance programs across sprawling organizations. In short, we know what it takes to "get the job done" in an effective, timely, practical, and accountable manner, and many of our investigations and disclosures have ended in declination of prosecution or administrative closure without penalty, while leaving our clients with stronger, simpler, better-tailored compliance programs.
“Our company had a first-in-its-history significant export compliance enforcement event, which began with the unannounced arrival of multiple agents from various federal agencies and a search warrant. This was the most important case in the world to our company and I was looking for a firm that would invest the personnel, time and attention to work like it was their most important case. Wiggin and Dana did that for us. Their attorneys’ reassuring and patient demeanor and guidance made a very difficult situation not only bearable, but a constructive opportunity for a deep-dive into our entire export compliance effort and for crafting improvements to work toward a best-in-class program. In the end, the matter resolved with only the issuance of Warning Letter.” -General Counsel, Global Electronics Manufacturing Co.