Scott Wise is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on 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 compliance.
Scott 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 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.
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.
Washington International Trade Association
Customs and International Trade Bar Association