Matthew T. West

Section Chair - International Trade (Firmwide) Partner

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Washington, D.C.

P: +1.202.639.7729
F: +1.202.585.1072

Export Controls, Sanctions and Antiboycott

  • NRG’s pending $206 billion acquisition of Edison Mission Energy in bankruptcy 
  • Counseling international aircraft leasing companies on compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions related to the operation, sale and lease of commercial aircraft; developed compliance and training programs specific to aircraft leasing 
  • Assisting international telecommunications company with encryption control compliance in the development of new software products 
  • Representing intentional satellite operator in connection with development and procurement of new communications satellite 
  • Representing international surveying and positioning technology company in connection with exports of positioning and mapping systems for air, land and marine applications 
  • Counseled and obtained export licenses and technology assistance agreements for international mapping and survey company for exports of munitions lists items for use in various European countries 
  • Representing multinational food products company in obtaining OFAC licenses for a multinational food products company authorizing sales in Iran and Sudan 
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for aerospace repair company in the voluntary disclosure to the State Department of a number of exports/reexports of hardware and/or technology 
  • Advised U.S. computer software technology company on sanctions compliance in dealings with OEMs and other customers and development of sanctions compliance systems 
  • Obtained a favorable resolution with the Bureau of Industry and Security of an enforcement investigation involving exports and reexports of EAR-controlled items by a U.S. data management company 
  • Represented international aircraft leasing companies in connection with voluntary disclosures and U.S. government investigations into compliance with U.S. sanctions and export control laws in the operation of leased aircraft 
  • Defended a European chemical company in connection with the export of EAR-controlled chemicals to various destinations 
  • Obtained favorable settlement for U.S.-based global OEM in connection with antiboycott investigation by the Bureau of Industry and Security

Antidumping and Trade Remedies

  • Represented an international paint and coatings company in ongoing administrative reviews of an antidumping duty order on carboxymethylcellulose in the United States and The Netherlands, including the initial antidumping investigation and subsequent sunset review proceedings of the product by the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission 
  • Assisted manufacturer and marketer of industrial pipe and mechanical tubing in multiple antidumping administrative reviews by the U.S. Department of Commerce of imports of light walled rectangular pipe and tubing and circular welded non-alloy pipe and tubing from Mexico to the United States 
  • Represented manufacturer in sunset review proceeding before the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission 
  • Represented manufacturers of steel tubing products in new shipper and administrative review proceedings involving circular welded pipe from Mexico 
  • Advised U.S. industrial pipe and tube manufacturer and distributor in connection with safeguard proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission


  • Represented Russian energy company before CFIUS in connection with an acquisition of interests in U.S. off-shore blocks 
  • Represented Chinese information/communications solutions provider before CFIUS in acquisitions of U.S. IP assets and in acquisition of joint venture with U.S. IT security software company 
  • Represented Russian-owned industrial gas company in a CFIUS review of its acquisition of a U.S. cutting edge fuel cell development company 
  • Assisted Kuwait Petroleum Corporation in obtaining clearance from CFIUS for a multi-billion dollar joint venture between a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company 
  • Represented large Russian metals producing corporation in a CFIUS review of its acquisition of a large U.S. metals and mining company

U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

  • Advising international aircraft leasing companies on compliance with U.S. FCPA in connection with the sale and lease of commercial aircraft; developed compliance programs specific to aircraft leasing 
  • Counseling global shipping and logistics company on compliance with international anticorruption laws and the development of anticorruption compliance and training programs 
  • Advising global integrated energy and chemical company on compliance with U.S. FCPA in connection with operations in Africa and Asia 
  • Counseled international automobile manufacturing company on compliance with U.S. FCPA and assisted in the development of anticorruption compliance systems 
  • Conducted anticorruption due diligence on sales agents in Africa and Asia for global defense, security and aerospace systems company