Scott Wise is a senior associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on export controls and economic sanctions matters, and advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). 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 compliance.
Scott’s has experience before a variety of agencies with regulatory authority over exports, including the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Scott’s export controls includes work regarding the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other 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 disclosures.
Clients appreciate Scott’s practical and business-focused approach to develop streamlined solutions to complex legal issues.
Led initiative for a U.S.-based multinational to standardize its development, collection, storage, and transmission of export-controlled technical data and technology throughout its global operations. Led site visits, development of solutions, and development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant regulations, including the ITAR and EAR.
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.
Drafted and secured a Technical Assistance Agreement for a U.S. aerospace company to allow the exchange of technical data in the development of surveillance solution.
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 U.S. subsidiary of a foreign multinational regarding the appropriate use of exemptions issued pursuant to the ITAR to allow the exchange of technical data.
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.
Secured CFIUS approval for the sale of a media company to a non-U.S. buyer. Drafted the joint voluntary notice and participated in discussions with CFIUS.
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.
Provided classification analysis to a U.S. defense company for product designed to measure wind shear to ensure safe landing conditions for aircraft.
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.