Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Why Cooley

We represent clients ranging from major defense contractors and research institutions to emerging growth companies and small startups, and we understand that each client has unique compliance needs and resources. Our lawyers have particular expertise in controls relating to high technology sectors, including information technology and security, encryption and medical innovations. Our clients span a broad range of industries, including:

  • US and foreign manufacturers of military articles
  • Major US colleges and universities
  • US providers of defense services (providers of military training and cyber services)
  • Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
  • Manufacturers of telecommunications equipment
  • Semiconductor foundries, as well as manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment
  • Cloud service providers
  • Air transport companies
  • High technology manufacturers
  • Software companies
  • Medical device manufacturers

We have developed guidance for companies and higher education institutions regarding how export controls and economic sanctions may impact their activities.

Areas of Practice

  • Counsel on licensing, deemed export and other day-to-day compliance issues
  • Conduct risk assessments and internal compliance audits
  • Develop internal compliance programs
  • Provide customized internal training
  • Assist with internal investigations and voluntary disclosures
  • Advise on compliance issues arising from global information technology networks and cross-border flows of information
  • Defend clients under investigation for export violations, including both civil and criminal investigations