International Trade Controls
Exporting global insight on compliance
International trade is making the world smaller and communication easier, but the regulations governing it are increasingly entangled and difficult to navigate. Trade agreements, tariffs, and sourcing requirements are constantly shifting as geopolitical tensions flare around the world. At the same time, digital technology is redefining how international trade is conducted, introducing new challenges in rapidly changing policy, regulatory, and risk environments. In today’s trade environment, success requires expertise with technology, security policy, and numerous contrasting regulatory and legal regimes, as well as experience assembling all the pieces in ways that organizations can understand and execute.
Our team builds and enhances compliance programs to embed regulatory requirements in all trade systems and processes. We also facilitate data-driven risk identification, provide licensing support, and execute regulatory investigations, compliance reviews, and audits.
- Compliance Counseling, Program Design, and Implementation
Our team has decades of experience addressing the most complicated trade control challenges with practical, integrated, and process-based solutions.
- Investigations, Disclosures, and Remediation
Our investigators combine the insight and rigor of former regulators and prosecutors with a proprietary approach that delivers results.
- Technology Services
Ankura’s trade controls technology team leverages our clients’ technology systems and initiatives to integrate trade controls and optimize program performance.
- Transactional & Supply Chain Diligence
We identify and develop mitigation strategies to resolve regulatory and operational risks related to your supply chain or potential acquisitions.
- Trade Control Audits & Reviews
We design, conduct, and support complex trade control audits.
- Licensing & Policy
We help our clients obtain government authorization for technology exports.
Our Latest Thinking
Global Office Furniture Manufacturer
Assessing a Global Customs & Imports Compliance Program
Ankura identified opportunities for a U.S.-based designer, manufacturer, and distributor of home and office furniture and equipment to address risk through enhanced compliance efforts, including improved process controls, the creation of a robust written customs/imports compliance program, and recommendations for future trainings.
The Ankura Difference
Our team brings years of legal, technical, and operational experience both inside and alongside global organizations to create efficient, practical, and risk-appropriate solutions for nuanced import challenges. We help our clients succeed in increasingly complex regulatory and risk environments involving the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Export Administration Regulations, U.S. sanctions and embargoes, and non-U.S. trade controls. Our team combines the perspectives of former industry executives, government regulators, prosecutors, in-house counsel, compliance professionals, lawyers, accountants, data analysts, engineers, and program managers. Our understanding of what regulators care about and how organizations operate gives our clients confidence to regularly call on us to help navigate interactions with regulators, investigators, and consent agreements.