SCOTT M. WISE
Senior Associate
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SCOTT M. WISE Senior Associate
Scott Wise is a senior associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and economic sanctions matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Scott was an associate in the international trade practice of an international law firm and an associate in General Electric’s Global Government Affairs and Policy group, focusing on export controls, sanctions, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery matters.

Scott has experience advising clients regarding the full life cycle of matters before CFIUS, including pre-transaction strategy, investigation and review processes, mitigation negotiations and implementation, and compliance monitoring.  His experience includes sectors from media to real estate to aerospace and satellite companies, and includes advice and counseling regarding the new CFIUS regulations implemented under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA).

Scott also has experience before a variety of agencies with regulatory authority over exports, including the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Scott's export controls experience includes work regarding the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and related matters, such as export enforcement, voluntary disclosures, audits, compliance programs, licensing, commodity jurisdiction requests, investigations, and training.  He also assists clients with sanctions matters, including compliance advice, investigations, and voluntary disclosures.

Across practice areas, clients appreciate Scott’s practical and business-focused approach.
 
Led media company through successful CFIUS process in an acquisition involving a Chinese entity.

Led global initiative to restructure a major manufacturing multinational company’s compliance with ITAR and EAR obligations.

Served as co-lead on an export controls audit and acted as primary author of audit report for a Middle Eastern distributor of technology products, pursuant to a BIS settlement agreement.

Advised an EU-based company regarding changes to extraterritorial sanctions against Iran pursuant to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Advised a U.S.-based company regarding scope of permission granted under General License H for engagement with Iran.

Drafted commodity jurisdiction (“CJ”) and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (“CCATS”) requests for a U.S. producer of materials and products subject to export controls. Provided guidance related to the transition of items from ITAR to Commerce Control List (“CCL”) jurisdiction pursuant to export control reform.

Assisted with the representation of a foreign defense company and its U.S.-based subsidiary during a U.S. State Department investigation regarding potential ITAR violations. Investigated and drafted initial and final voluntary disclosures; responded to DDTC inquiries, and advocated client interests before State Department officials.

Provided classification analysis to a U.S. defense company for product designed to measure wind shear to ensure safe landing conditions for aircraft.

Participated in an internal investigation of the potential circumvention of U.S. company’s compliance protocols related to export controls. Interviewed witnesses and analyzed documents related to investigation. Drafted voluntary disclosures related to investigation.

Advised various U.S. companies regarding anti-money laundering and anti-bribery compliance. Developed internal policies and training materials. Advised restructuring of major technology and industrial company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and UK Bribery Act compliance programs.
 
Denver World Trade Center

Washington International Trade Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association
 

About

Scott Wise is a senior associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  His practice focuses on advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and economic sanctions matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Scott was an associate in the international trade practice of an international law firm and an associate in General Electric’s Global Government Affairs and Policy group, focusing on export controls, sanctions, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery matters.

Scott has experience advising clients regarding the full life cycle of matters before CFIUS, including pre-transaction strategy, investigation and review processes, mitigation negotiations and implementation, and compliance monitoring.  His experience includes sectors from media to real estate to aerospace and satellite companies, and includes advice and counseling regarding the new CFIUS regulations implemented under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA).

Scott also has experience before a variety of agencies with regulatory authority over exports, including the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Scott's export controls experience includes work regarding the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and related matters, such as export enforcement, voluntary disclosures, audits, compliance programs, licensing, commodity jurisdiction requests, investigations, and training.  He also assists clients with sanctions matters, including compliance advice, investigations, and voluntary disclosures.

Across practice areas, clients appreciate Scott’s practical and business-focused approach.
 

Experience

Led media company through successful CFIUS process in an acquisition involving a Chinese entity.

Led global initiative to restructure a major manufacturing multinational company’s compliance with ITAR and EAR obligations.

Served as co-lead on an export controls audit and acted as primary author of audit report for a Middle Eastern distributor of technology products, pursuant to a BIS settlement agreement.

Advised an EU-based company regarding changes to extraterritorial sanctions against Iran pursuant to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Advised a U.S.-based company regarding scope of permission granted under General License H for engagement with Iran.

Drafted commodity jurisdiction (“CJ”) and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (“CCATS”) requests for a U.S. producer of materials and products subject to export controls. Provided guidance related to the transition of items from ITAR to Commerce Control List (“CCL”) jurisdiction pursuant to export control reform.

Assisted with the representation of a foreign defense company and its U.S.-based subsidiary during a U.S. State Department investigation regarding potential ITAR violations. Investigated and drafted initial and final voluntary disclosures; responded to DDTC inquiries, and advocated client interests before State Department officials.

Provided classification analysis to a U.S. defense company for product designed to measure wind shear to ensure safe landing conditions for aircraft.

Participated in an internal investigation of the potential circumvention of U.S. company’s compliance protocols related to export controls. Interviewed witnesses and analyzed documents related to investigation. Drafted voluntary disclosures related to investigation.

Advised various U.S. companies regarding anti-money laundering and anti-bribery compliance. Developed internal policies and training materials. Advised restructuring of major technology and industrial company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and UK Bribery Act compliance programs.
 

Memberships

Denver World Trade Center

Washington International Trade Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association
 
Speaking Engagements
Publications
October 16, 2019 | Client Advisories
Kelley Drye Client Advisory
August 13, 2018 | Client Advisories
Kelley Drye Client Advisory