I enjoy working with U.S. and non–U.S. clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of export control and economic sanctions matters helping them successfully navigate the complex U.S. trade control laws. My focus is on mitigating cross-border compliance risk and optimizing trade compliance procedures through effective, global export compliance strategies involving all phases of export compliance, from the first point of regulatory risk through post-shipment activities.
My ITAR experience spans all aspects of ITAR compliance, including commodity jurisdiction and classification, registration requirements, licensing strategies, license proviso compliance, TAAs and MLAs, re-exports and transfers, deemed (re-)export controls and other technology controls, internal assessments and gap analysis, self-audits, disclosures, training and process creation. I represent clients ranging from defense contractors to manufacturers of industrial products, electronic products and software developers on compliance with ITAR. My experience enables me to carefully tailor ITAR compliance strategies to fit each client’s industry and compliance risk. I also work closely with firms that are new to the ITAR and the processes required to conduct an ITAR-compliant business.
I also have extensive experience with exports of so-called “dual use” products. I counsel U.S., multinationals and non-U.S. companies counsel clients on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), navigating them through all aspects of EAR compliance, including product classification, licensing requirements and strategies, license preparation, end use and end user controls, deemed export controls, technology controls, compliance manuals and processes, and regulatory interpretation. My experience includes software classification and mastering the EAR’s encryption controls and license exceptions.
My OFAC experience covers all U.S. sanctions regimes, including the sanctions against Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Burma and the recent Ukraine-related sanctions.
Areas of Practice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Alexandra López-Casero represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a wide range of international trade-related issues. She serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non U.S.-based companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals, that develop, produce and export a wide range of products, including defense technology, industrial products, chemicals, electronic products, software, life science products, medical devices, pharmaceutical products and equipment, aerospace technology, and consumer products. She concentrates her practice on export controls, economic sanctions, and national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Law 360 has appointed Alexandra to serve on their 2017 International Trade editorial advisory board. Alexandra grew up in Germany and began her legal career at Clifford Chance’s office in Frankfurt. After completing a Master of Laws at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined Nixon Peabody in 2004.
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