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Christine Savage specializes in international trade regulation and compliance, leading our International Trade team's practice in export controls and sanctions law and in national security investigations of inbound U.S. investment before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

Christine advises clients in a broad range of industries, including aerospace and defense, energy, financial technology, electronics, and biotechnology, to ensure compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions laws. She also has experience in anti-boycott regulations and national security reviews of foreign direct investments in the U.S., as well as trade-remedy proceedings and administrative law.

Christine is experienced in representing clients' interests before regulatory agencies, including the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Defense Technology and Security Administration, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

She assists companies with assessing the impact of foreign participation in international mergers and acquisitions involving sensitive U.S. hardware, software and other technologies. Issues include obtaining clearance from CFIUS; conducting internal reviews of compliance systems; resolving complex licensing and classification issues; helping clients prepare voluntary disclosures of export control and economic sanctions laws violations; and defending companies subject to government enforcement actions.

Previously, Christine served in the Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, she acted as counsel in trade-remedy proceedings involving numerous countries and products. She also engaged with foreign government officials and steel industry experts as part of a U.S. government team involved in the White House’s Steel Action Program.

Christine was recommended by Legal 500 U.S. in 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017 in the International Trade category. She was recognized by Chambers Global in 2011 and 2012 and has been consistently ranked by Chambers U.S.A., most recently in 2017 in the International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions category.

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Credentials

B.A., University of Michigan, class honors

J.D., Catholic University of America, cum laude

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

District of Columbia

New York

The District of Columbia Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Court of International Trade

American Bar Association, International Trade Section, Export Committee

International Trade


Legal 500, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017

Chambers Global, 2011–2012

Chambers USA, 2011–2014 and 2017

Matters

Represented several U.S. and non-U.S. aerospace and defense companies in conducting internal investigations of export control and economic sanctions laws and preparing voluntary disclosures before the Bureau of Industry and Security, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Representing companies in the FinTech industry with respect to economic sanctions compliance before OFAC, including conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance for companies in the aerospace and energy sectors of foreign investment, including addressing issues related to Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence, as well as assisting the companies in negotiating mitigation agreements with the U.S. government.

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Represented several U.S. and non-U.S. aerospace and defense companies in conducting internal investigations of export control and economic sanctions laws and preparing voluntary disclosures before the Bureau of Industry and Security, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Representing companies in the FinTech industry with respect to economic sanctions compliance before OFAC, including conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance for companies in the aerospace and energy sectors of foreign investment, including addressing issues related to Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence, as well as assisting the companies in negotiating mitigation agreements with the U.S. government.

Assisted numerous clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and agricultural industries in obtaining licenses from OFAC for the sale of products in sanctioned countries, including Cuba, Iran and Syria, as well as assisting companies in designing compliance procedures to use existing U.S. government general licenses and license exceptions in a lawful manner.

Matters

Represented several U.S. and non-U.S. aerospace and defense companies in conducting internal investigations of export control and economic sanctions laws and preparing voluntary disclosures before the Bureau of Industry and Security, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Representing companies in the FinTech industry with respect to economic sanctions compliance before OFAC, including conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance for companies in the aerospace and energy sectors of foreign investment, including addressing issues related to Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence, as well as assisting the companies in negotiating mitigation agreements with the U.S. government.

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Matters

Represented several U.S. and non-U.S. aerospace and defense companies in conducting internal investigations of export control and economic sanctions laws and preparing voluntary disclosures before the Bureau of Industry and Security, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Representing companies in the FinTech industry with respect to economic sanctions compliance before OFAC, including conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance for companies in the aerospace and energy sectors of foreign investment, including addressing issues related to Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence, as well as assisting the companies in negotiating mitigation agreements with the U.S. government.

Assisted numerous clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and agricultural industries in obtaining licenses from OFAC for the sale of products in sanctioned countries, including Cuba, Iran and Syria, as well as assisting companies in designing compliance procedures to use existing U.S. government general licenses and license exceptions in a lawful manner.

Credentials

B.A., University of Michigan, class honors

J.D., Catholic University of America, cum laude

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

District of Columbia

New York

The District of Columbia Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Court of International Trade

American Bar Association, International Trade Section, Export Committee

International Trade


Legal 500, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017

Chambers Global, 2011–2012

Chambers USA, 2011–2014 and 2017