Webcast: Emerging Trends in U.S. Export Control Enforcement

June 4, 2024

U.S. export controls now play a central role in the U.S. Government’s management of geopolitical conflict and strategic competition, and the Departments of Commerce and Justice are devoting more resources and novel tools to enforce them. Through a moderated discussion, Gibson Dunn’s Export Control, White Collar Defense, and National Security experts analyze emerging trends in U.S. export control enforcement and share their perspectives on how investigation strategy should evolve to address them.

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David P. Burns is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn, where he is the co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group, and a member of the White Collar and Investigations and Crisis Management Practice Groups. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, national security, and regulatory enforcement matters. David represents corporations and executives in federal, state, and regulatory investigations involving securities and commodities fraud, sanctions and export controls, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, accounting fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international and domestic cartel enforcement, health care fraud, government contracting fraud, and the False Claims Act. Prior to re-joining the firm, David served in senior positions in both the Criminal Division and National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. David is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Melissa L. Farrar is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn, where she practices primarily in the areas of white-collar defense and investigations and corporate compliance. Melissa represents and advises corporations in internal and government investigations involving a wide range of topics, including compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, anti-money laundering, securities and accounting fraud, government contracting fraud, export controls, and the False Claims Act. Melissa also regularly counsels corporations on the effectiveness of their corporate compliance programs and in connection with transactional due diligence, with a particular emphasis on compliance with anti-corruption laws. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Christopher T. Timura is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn and a member of the firm’s International Trade and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Christopher helps clients solve regulatory, legal and political problems that arise at the intersection of national security, trade, and foreign policy, and to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies, policies, and procedures. His clients span sectors and range from start-ups to Global 500 companies. In 2022, Christopher was appointed to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee, where he chairs its export control enforcement working group. Most recently, Christopher was ranked in the Chambers Global 2024 guide for USA International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions. Christopher is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Samantha Sewall is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn and a member of the firm’s International Trade Practice Group. She advises clients on compliance with U.S. legal obligations at the intersection of global trade, foreign policy, and national security, focusing her practice on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, national security reviews of foreign direct investment (CFIUS), and anti-boycott laws. Samantha has experience advising companies across a wide range of sectors including aerospace, banking and financial institutions, defense, energy, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, shipping, retail, telecommunications, and travel. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.


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