Doreen Edelman leads the firm’s Global Trade & Policy practice. Doreen and her team advise individuals, investment funds, and global businesses on worldwide import and export matters, foreign investment, and global business expansion. Her notable international experience guides her strategic advice on export requirements, import issues, U.S. sanctions, foreign investment reporting requirements, FCPA investigations, and global trade policy.
She regularly advises clients on the risks associated with export controls, customs matters, and U.S. sanctions in cross-border M&A and investment transactions and on the compliance requirements pertaining to technology, software, defense articles and services, and commercial goods. She has deep knowledge of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the new requirements under the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). Specifically, regarding export controls, she advises companies on the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC) export control regulations, prepares compliance programs, and undertakes deal diligence on these requirements. Regarding the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) requirements, she provides counseling regarding the legal requirements for compliance with U.S. sanctions as well as secondary sanctions for third-country entities, represents companies with disclosures to OFAC, conducts internal investigations, and ensures clients understand how to comply with OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals list and the ever-evolving sanctioned-countries programs limiting business transactions with, for example, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Russia/Crimea.
At Lowenstein Sandler, Doreen founded and chairs the firm’s Global Trade & Policy practice, a unique team that combines the above global expertise with cross-border M&A, technology, immigration, government contracts, white collar investigations, and business counseling practices to help clients with ongoing strategies to minimize global business risks, increase compliance, and represent them before regulatory agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Doreen also helps her clients do business around the globe by preparing business agreements and distribution contracts for foreign sales. She advises on U.S. anti-boycott requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global anticorruption requirements, and Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) issues for Washington, D.C., representations. She has represented high-profile international clients and countries such as the Sultanate of Oman, where she secured passage of the U.S.-Oman FTA.
Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Doreen served as co-chair of the Global Business practice at an AmLaw 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She has published many trade-related articles, created a trade matters blog, and been quoted on CNN and Bloomberg and in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and other publications as a trade policy expert.