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Christine Savage leads 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. ("CFIUS").

Christine has over 20 years experience in international trade regulations and compliance.  She 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 leads the firm's practice in national security reviews of foreign direct investments in the U.S. before CFIUS.  

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, CFIUS, and the Defense Technology and Security Administration.  She looks for practical ways to help solve our clients' concerns, including representing clients' interests before the Executive Branch and Congress on the impact of regulations to their businesses, as well as proposing legislative and regulatory solutions to help advance their trade and investment goals.

She assists companies with assessing the impact of foreign participation in international investment 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, including penalty actions, subpoenas, and search warrants.

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 the International Trade category. She is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers U.S.A. in the International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions category.

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Credentials

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

B.A., University of Michigan, class honors

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

American Bar Association, International Trade Section, Export Committee

Court of International Trade

The District of Columbia Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Japanese

Top Rated International Attorney in Washington, DC


Washington DC Super Lawyers

"Exceptionally well versed in various trade regulations and has provided very insightful counsel..."


Chambers USA, 2018

Band 3


Chambers USA & Chambers Global

Recognized Practitioner


Legal 500 US

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Recognition

Top Rated International Attorney in Washington, DC


Washington DC Super Lawyers

"Exceptionally well versed in various trade regulations and has provided very insightful counsel..."


Chambers USA, 2018

Band 3


Chambers USA & Chambers Global

Recognized Practitioner


Legal 500 US

Matters

Assisted energy, infrastructure, defense, and biotechnology companies in evaluating their export controls and compliance procedures for purposes of positioning their investment strategies for clearance by CFIUS.

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 responding to government subpoenas, penalty actions, conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs, and addressing novel licensing issues.

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Assisted energy, infrastructure, defense, and biotechnology companies in evaluating their export controls and compliance procedures for purposes of positioning their investment strategies for clearance by CFIUS.

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 responding to government subpoenas, penalty actions, conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs, and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance by CFIUS for companies in sensitive sectors, including defense, critical technology, and critical infrastructure industries 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

Assisted energy, infrastructure, defense, and biotechnology companies in evaluating their export controls and compliance procedures for purposes of positioning their investment strategies for clearance by CFIUS.

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 responding to government subpoenas, penalty actions, conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs, and addressing novel licensing issues.

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Matters

Assisted energy, infrastructure, defense, and biotechnology companies in evaluating their export controls and compliance procedures for purposes of positioning their investment strategies for clearance by CFIUS.

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 responding to government subpoenas, penalty actions, conducting internal investigations, helping to design effective compliance programs, and addressing novel licensing issues.

Assisted in obtaining clearance by CFIUS for companies in sensitive sectors, including defense, critical technology, and critical infrastructure industries 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

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

B.A., University of Michigan, class honors

District of Columbia

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

American Bar Association, International Trade Section, Export Committee

Court of International Trade

The District of Columbia Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Japanese

Top Rated International Attorney in Washington, DC


Washington DC Super Lawyers

"Exceptionally well versed in various trade regulations and has provided very insightful counsel..."


Chambers USA, 2018

Band 3


Chambers USA & Chambers Global

Recognized Practitioner


Legal 500 US

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Close

Recognition

Top Rated International Attorney in Washington, DC


Washington DC Super Lawyers

"Exceptionally well versed in various trade regulations and has provided very insightful counsel..."


Chambers USA, 2018

Band 3


Chambers USA & Chambers Global

Recognized Practitioner


Legal 500 US