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Abbey Baker works with businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to expand their market position in the global economy while considering national security, trade regulation, and foreign policy concerns. She advises domestic and foreign companies on:
- Remaining compliant with U.S. and foreign export, sanctions, import, and anti-bribery regulatory requirements
- Addressing Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) requirements and risk
- Managing liabilities in cross-border M&A and private equity investment transactions
- Navigating dynamic trade policies
Her experience analyzing, identifying, and leveraging opportunities for doing business worldwide while avoiding the pitfalls associated with global trade has allowed her to guide clients through obstacles in regions around the world.
Abbey counsels both large industry players and small tech startups on a broad array of trade compliance issues, including the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) export controls for commercial goods; the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) registration and compliance requirements related to the manufacture, brokering, or export of Defense Products and Services; Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) economic sanctions considerations and prohibitions (including those on Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and Russia/Crimea); anti-bribery compliance; U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) procedures and obligations; and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) inbound and outbound foreign investment filings. She assists clients in completing import and export classifications, country of origin determinations (for both CBP purposes and Buy American Act purposes related to government contracting), voluntary disclosures, and licensing requests, as well as responding to BIS, DDTC, OFAC, and CBP inquiries, import seizures, and other trade enforcement matters. Notably, she has honed her skills in the following industries: aerospace and aviation, night vision and thermal imaging, software as a service (SAAS), biotech, fintech, and other new and emerging technology spaces.
*Admitted in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Only