Paul Luther’s practice focuses on trade compliance and enforcement defense. He has extensive experience with respect to all aspects of U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, the U.S. Antiboycott Regulations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, CFIUS reviews and investigations and U.S. customs issues.
Mr. Luther has represented clients in the telecommunications, chemical, defense, petroleum, avionics, satellite, computer, software and pharmaceuticals industries in securing government authorization to export or re-export highly regulated products and technologies to various regions and countries, such as Russia, the Middle East, India and China. He also regularly advises clients as to whether specific transactions, business structures and overseas ventures are consistent with applicable U.S. legal regimes.
Mr. Luther has worked extensively with clients to develop, upgrade and implement compliance programs and has represented clients facing enforcement actions brought by the Departments of Justice, Commerce, State, Treasury and Homeland Security.
Mr. Luther has significant experience in public international law and international litigation. He has advised governments and private parties on boundary and maritime delimitation disputes and the effect of such disputes upon the rights of private parties seeking to develop natural resources in disputed regions. He has provided representation to sovereign states in arbitrations regarding land and maritime boundaries.
Mr. Luther speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Export Controls, Sanctions and Antiboycott
- Multinational oilfield services company – export control, sanctions and antiboycott compliance assessment of company’s operations in North America, Europe and the Middle East
- U.S. aircraft parts supplier – due diligence review of company’s compliance with the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- Major media/communications conglomerate – regulatory due diligence review for export-sensitive stock and asset acquisitions
- Multinational chemical manufacturer – defense of enforcement actions involving alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
- Major satellite navigation company – defense of an enforcement action involving alleged violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
- U.S. supplier of safety equipment – defense of enforcement action involving alleged violations of the EAR, the OFAC sanctions and the Customs Regulations
- Major U.S. university – assistance in obtaining OFAC licenses authorizing travel-related transactions and other transactions involving embargoed countries
- Multinational pharmaceuticals company – assistance in obtaining licenses from the Treasury Department (OFAC) to sell medicines to Iran and Sudan under the TSRA program
- Multinational U.S. energy company – development of a compliance and training program addressing U.S. antiboycott regulations
- U.S. energy trading company – assistance in obtaining licenses from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to export crude and other petroleum products subject to short-supply controls
- Major U.S. oil company – represented company in obtaining CFIUS clearance of the purchase of U.S. refining facilities by a Chinese-owned company
- Major U.S. mining company – represented company in securing CFIUS clearance of the planned acquisition of U.S. mining interests by an Indian company
- International aerospace company – represented company in obtaining CFIUS clearance of the acquisition of a U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer; advised company regarding associated ITAR licensing issues and assisted company in obtaining license amendments
- U.S. aircraft parts manufacturer – represented private equity firm in obtaining CFIUS clearance of the sale of a U.S. aircraft parts manufacturer to a private equity fund
- Large Europe-based navigation company – represented company in securing CFIUS clearance of its acquisition of a U.S. navigation company
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Multinational oilfield services company – FCPA compliance assessment of company’s operations in the Middle East and Asia
- Multinational aircraft parts supplier – due diligence review of the company’s FCPA compliance program in connection with its acquisition by another company
- U.S. energy companies – preparation of FCPA due diligence materials and counsel on the implementation of FCPA safeguards for joint venture operations in the Middle East and Africa
- Russian telecommunications company – FCPA due diligence review in connection with planned acquisition of telecommunications company
- Major U.S. airline – assistance with the successful admission into the Importer Self-Assessment Program, which included a review of the company’s existing import compliance policies and procedures and advice with respect to a full range of Customs issues, including procedures for (i) classifying thousands of imported aircraft parts and components, (ii) properly valuing imported merchandise and (iii) reviewing and enhancing Foreign Trade Zone compliance procedures
- Major U.S. apparel company – representation in connection with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) investigation of textile imports entered into the United States under NAFTA
- U.S. energy company - counsel regarding the classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States of equipment required for the regasification of LNG; advice regarding the U.S. customs rules relevant to the entry of regasified LNG into the United States
- U.S. chemical company – defense of company in connection with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) investigation of imports and exports of a Schedule 1 chemical; assistance in the development of DEA compliance policies and procedures
- U.S. and Canadian energy companies – advice with respect to transborder movements of oil and gas, including issues related to NAFTA and the U.S. short supply controls
- Offshore drilling company – advice with respect to customs duties applicable to repairs performed overseas on U.S.-flagged vessels under 19 U.S.C. 1466; protest of CBP’s imposition of duties with respect to work performed abroad
Awards & Community
Publications, Speeches & Presentations
International Trade Update
International Trade Update
International Trade Update