BNP Paribas, Trading With the Enemy

Jail Time Seems Warranted for American Citizens Who May Have Participated in this Scheme My random thoughts on the recent BNP Paribas matter: French government officials are upset with the United States. What’s new, right? This time they’re cringing over a somewhat hefty fine imposed by the United States on BNP Paribas (BNPP), one of the …

Clients and the Bash America Defense

If you’re a lawyer, and even if you’re in some other profession, at some point or another in your career, clients will push back on what appear to be very sensible recommendations. Just this week a colleague called me to discuss such a scenario. It involved a young European company with a business development person …

Compliance and Economic Sanctions in the Virtual Arena, Workable But Never Easy

The majority of U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations designed for the brick and mortar world, continue to present compliance challenges for businesses offering goods and services on the web. The Internet makes it easier to get around and avoid sanctions, and export controls, but compliance remains necessary. The brick and mortar rules, at a …

US Defense Tech and Know-how: What China Can’t Legally Buy, It Steals.

Maybe I’m just a little old school, but U.S. taxpayers deserve better than Made-in-China parts in America’s most technologically advanced weapon systems. But wait, there are also a few laws that prohibit U.S. defense manufacturing in places such as China — an economic competitor as well as military adversary. According to several recent news reports, …

Georgia Man Sentenced to Prison for US-Iran Sanctions Violations

A Georgia man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for violating U.S.-Iran sanctions. There are many lessons an exporter can draw from this case, the most important one is very basic: never lie to a federal officer or give them any reason to think you’re trying to hide something from them. Go …

Arms Trade Politics in the UK

This Wednesday in the UK, the Committee on Arms Export Controls will hear from several government officials about the enforcement of export control laws. The session, something akin to a Congressional oversight hearing in the United States, is part of an ongoing effort to link the weapons trade to human rights and select issues around the …

Chinese Acquire Controlled US Technology, Again. Shakes Up Israel’s Export Control Agency

The Chinese industrial espionage machine has, once again, successfully secured sensitive US micro-cooling systems that may be headed to Iran for use in its missile program. It will also add another item in China’s growing arsenal of stolen US technology and know-how. Details are sparse, however,  there are a few clues detailing what may have happened. …