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Coping with U.S. Export Controls 2013

 
Author(s): Christopher R. Wall, Peter L. Flanagan
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Dec 2013
PLI Item #: 43226
CHB Spine #: A965

Christopher Wall is the senior international trade partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where his practice focuses on technology transfer regulation, foreign investment, international trade, and compliance. 

Mr. Wall advises and represents clients on export controls (commercial and defense); economic sanctions and embargoes; national security reviews; anti-boycott issues; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (counseling and investigations); import relief proceedings; Court of International Trade appeals; complex Customs matters; bilateral investment treaties; NAFTA and WTO dispute resolution; and other trade policy and legislative matters.   He has been ranked by Chambers (Tier 1 National) and Chambers Global (Band 1) in two International Trade practice areas: Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, and CFIUS.

Mr. Wall served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration during 2008 – 2009.  He works with the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. 

Mr. Wall is a member of the American Bar Association and has held a number of positions, including Chair of the Special Advisory Committee on International Activities, Vice Chair of the Section of International Law and Practice, and Co-Chair of the International Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation.  He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Central and East European Law Initiative and has organized and given presentations at numerous ABA meetings.  He chaired the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. for five years.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce USA, Inc. and has chaired the Trade and Investment Advisory Committee of the British American Business Council. 

Mr. Wall currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Council for International Business.  He is a frequent lecturer at both domestic and international conferences.  He serves as parish counsel to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square.  Mr. Wall served as a member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Export Controls of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Wall received undergraduate degrees from Yale University and Oxford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.  He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York, as well as the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Peter Flanagan is a partner in Covington’s Washington office who concentrates in international trade compliance matters and financial services regulation.  He is a member of Covington’s Management Committee and served as vice chair of the International Trade and Finance practice group.

Mr. Flanagan counsels clients on a broad range of compliance requirements affecting international trade and investment. These include most notably export controls, economic sanctions constraints, defense trade limitations, and the implications of related non-US requirements.

Mr. Flanagan has advised leading companies in the oil and gas sector, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, defense contractors, manufacturing entities, financial institutions, software and high-technology concerns, and university-affiliated laboratories.

Mr. Flanagan received his. J.D. from New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin.