International trade

We assist our clients in their needs in the field of national and international trade, economic sanctions and export control regulations. We help our clients navigate the complex patchwork of these regulations which are known for rapid change, overlap, broad scope and aggressive enforcement. In doing so, we strive to provide effective solutions which align corporate and commercial goals with legal compliance.

We advise on the permissibility of transactions and the applicability of license requirements and other restrictions. If so desired, we assist clients in obtaining the necessary clearance from authorities, ranging from classification decisions to export licenses.


We regularly conduct internal investigations into economic sanctions and export controls related matters. In the past decade, De Brauw has been at the forefront of conducting complex cross-border investigations for corporations and financial institutions in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.


We have ample experience in representing clients in economic sanctions and export controls related matters before various regulatory and criminal authorities. These include the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Central Department for Import and Export (CDIU).


Our permanent presence in the U.S. and close ties to highly specialised U.S. counsel provide you with on the ground assistance in U.S. enforcement matters, easy access to OFAC, BIS and other relevant authorities, as well as sensitivity to Dutch law and interests so as to bring matters to a close in the Netherlands instead of the U.S. whenever possible.


More information? Please contact Marnix Somsen.

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