SCOTT M. WISE
Special Counsel
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SCOTT M. WISE Special Counsel
Scott Wise’s practice focuses on advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, economic sanctions, and customs 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.  He has led or been involved in multiple successful joint voluntary notice (JVN) and declaration filings.  His experience includes the media, manufacturing, energy and power generation, real estate, aerospace, satellites, biotechnology, and telecommunications sectors.  Scott has extensively advised and counseled clients on 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-oriented approach.
 
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

Led global initiative to restructure a multinational manufacturing company’s compliance with ITAR and EAR obligations.  Was primary architect of updated export compliance processes and procedures.

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.

Led export control audit of a multinational aerospace and advanced materials company.  Drafted and filed voluntary self-disclosure (“VSD”) resulting in no penalty.

Long-term secondee to leading U.S. software company.  Advised on compliance with the ITAR, including assessing and improving compliance programs and policies.  Led internal review of technical data handling.

Drafted many successful commodity jurisdiction (“CJ”) and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (“CCATS”) requests.  Representative industries include aerospace, aviation, robotics, and software.

Represented technology company and employees in criminal investigation related to unauthorized exports to China.

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.

Participated in investigation and voluntary self-disclosure related to OFAC sanctions and embargoes compliance for global software company.

Advised global textiles company regarding scope of permissible activity for non-U.S. subsidiary and branch offices regarding OFAC sanctions.

Drafted and submitted voluntary self-disclosure for multinational domestic products company regarding transactions with Cuba.  Implemented remedial measures.

Counseled multinational company regarding the use of OFAC general licenses for the registration and maintenance of global intellectual property rights.

Establish sanctions compliance program for multinational agriculture entity.

CFIUS

Led European multi-national infrastructure conglomerate through CFIUS process involving its acquisition of a U.S. power generation facility, gaining CFIUS approval after a declaration.

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

Advised global life sciences company regarding application of CFIUS process to investment in a U.S. company.

Represented U.S. target companies in CFIUS and Team Telecom proceedings involving telecommunications sector.

Negotiated mitigation agreement regarding protection of personally identifiable information (“PII”) and related matters with CFIUS prior to receiving CFIUS approval.

Advised Indian manufacturing conglomerate regarding investment in a U.S. defense company.

Customs

Drafted successful letter of origin ruling request for EU-based multinational semiconductor manufacturer, resulting in substantial duty savings.

Advise multiple U.S. manufacturers regarding application of Section 301 and 232 tariffs.

Anti-Corruption

Assist in investigation of potential FCPA violations by multinational natural resources company.

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.
 
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star,” 2020.
 
Washington International Trade Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Denver World Trade Center
 

About

Scott Wise’s practice focuses on advising clients regarding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, economic sanctions, and customs 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.  He has led or been involved in multiple successful joint voluntary notice (JVN) and declaration filings.  His experience includes the media, manufacturing, energy and power generation, real estate, aerospace, satellites, biotechnology, and telecommunications sectors.  Scott has extensively advised and counseled clients on 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-oriented approach.
 

Experience

Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

Led global initiative to restructure a multinational manufacturing company’s compliance with ITAR and EAR obligations.  Was primary architect of updated export compliance processes and procedures.

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.

Led export control audit of a multinational aerospace and advanced materials company.  Drafted and filed voluntary self-disclosure (“VSD”) resulting in no penalty.

Long-term secondee to leading U.S. software company.  Advised on compliance with the ITAR, including assessing and improving compliance programs and policies.  Led internal review of technical data handling.

Drafted many successful commodity jurisdiction (“CJ”) and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (“CCATS”) requests.  Representative industries include aerospace, aviation, robotics, and software.

Represented technology company and employees in criminal investigation related to unauthorized exports to China.

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.

Participated in investigation and voluntary self-disclosure related to OFAC sanctions and embargoes compliance for global software company.

Advised global textiles company regarding scope of permissible activity for non-U.S. subsidiary and branch offices regarding OFAC sanctions.

Drafted and submitted voluntary self-disclosure for multinational domestic products company regarding transactions with Cuba.  Implemented remedial measures.

Counseled multinational company regarding the use of OFAC general licenses for the registration and maintenance of global intellectual property rights.

Establish sanctions compliance program for multinational agriculture entity.

CFIUS

Led European multi-national infrastructure conglomerate through CFIUS process involving its acquisition of a U.S. power generation facility, gaining CFIUS approval after a declaration.

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

Advised global life sciences company regarding application of CFIUS process to investment in a U.S. company.

Represented U.S. target companies in CFIUS and Team Telecom proceedings involving telecommunications sector.

Negotiated mitigation agreement regarding protection of personally identifiable information (“PII”) and related matters with CFIUS prior to receiving CFIUS approval.

Advised Indian manufacturing conglomerate regarding investment in a U.S. defense company.

Customs

Drafted successful letter of origin ruling request for EU-based multinational semiconductor manufacturer, resulting in substantial duty savings.

Advise multiple U.S. manufacturers regarding application of Section 301 and 232 tariffs.

Anti-Corruption

Assist in investigation of potential FCPA violations by multinational natural resources company.

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.
 

Honors

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star,” 2020.
 

Memberships

Washington International Trade Association

Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Denver World Trade Center
 
Speaking Engagements