Co-chair of the International Trade Compliance Practice Group, Tahlia is trusted by Fortune 50 multinationals, leading universities, international law firms, emerging companies, and small businesses to provide prompt, practical, effective guidance and thought leadership on trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) and on U.S. export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and to develop tailored, risk-based programs for compliance with, obtain licenses for international activities regulated under, and conduct directed and voluntary investigations into potential violations of these trade control regulations.
Lauded by her clients for responsiveness, practicality, and a level of care and service that is "terrifyingly good," and valued for the additional skills she brings to bear from her training in physics, chemistry, computer science, and litigation, Tahlia has assisted clients in sectors such as aerospace, banking, defense, insurance, logistics, venture capital, legal services, electronics, optics, communications, and education with a wide variety of trade compliance issues, large and small. A sample of those matters includes
- Developed and drove implementation of a global program for OFAC compliance for a Fortune 200 company with operations all over the world.
- Conducted hundreds of investigations into potential violations of U.S. trade sanctions and export controls and prepared scores of thorough and clearly written disclosures to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), and OFAC, almost all of which were resolved without penalties.
- Advised on the use of OFAC general licenses or prepared applications for specific licenses to authorize a wide range of exports and re-exports, including of oil-industry-related engineering services, medical devices, food additives, contact lenses, legal services, and activities conducted by U.S.-owned foreign companies under General License H.
- Advised on and developed procedures for complying with General License H, OFAC's "facilitation" prohibition as applied to U.S. ex-patriot board members; legal representation of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs); reinsurance of projects involving Cuba Restricted List entities; and payment of fees by foreign students from, hiring of foreign academics from, and attending conferences or collaborating on research with universities and academics in embargoed regions.
- Prepared self-classification memoranda, Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests, and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (CCATS) requests for a wide range of products, including infrared lenses, laser-driven light sources, data cables, unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft components, metal alloys used in aerospace applications, and fabric used in the manufacture of aerostats, and prepared applications for ITAR Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA), Manufacturing License Agreements (MLA), ITAR temporary and permanent export licenses, and BIS export licenses for a wide range of products and programs.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Tahlia Townsend
- U.S. Rescinds General License for Nine State-Owned Entities in Belarus (Posted On Monday, April 19, 2021)
- U.S. Imposes Additional Export Restrictions on Russia (Posted On Monday, March 22, 2021)
- Navigating U.S. Foreign Investment Controls: Updated CFIUS Flow Chart and Critical Infrastructure Matrix (Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2021)
- Executive Order Imposes Asset Blocking Sanctions in Connection with Burmese Military Coup (Posted On Thursday, February 11, 2021)
- Biologics Researchers and Suppliers Beware: International Exchange of Non-pathogenic Research Materials Including Common VSV-G Packaging Plasmids May Trigger Export Penalties (Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2021)
- Foreign Financial Institutions (Including Banks, Insurers, Brokers, Travel Agencies, and Others) Face U.S. Sanctions for “Significant” Transactions With Sanctioned Hong Kong Officials (Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2020)
- BIS Broadens Prohibition on Exports to China, Russia and Venezuela for Military End Users or Military End Use, Requires EEI Filing for almost all Non-EAR99 Exports to these Destinations, Irrespective of Value or Sensitivity, Eliminates License Exception C (Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2020)
- The Aggressive Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Economic Sanctions: Foreign Company Exposure to OFAC Enforcement (Posted On Wednesday, April 15, 2020)
- CFIUS Filing Fee (Posted On Wednesday, March 18, 2020)
- On October 14, 2019, The Trump Administration Issued an Executive Order Imposing Sanctions in Connection with Turkey’s Military Offensive in Syria (Posted On Tuesday, October 15, 2019)
- U.S. Further Restricts Non-Family Travel and Movement of Non-Commercial Planes, Non-Cargo Vessels to Cuba (Posted On Thursday, June 6, 2019)
- Continuing Focus on Maritime Compliance, OFAC Settles with Shipbroker (Posted On Thursday, May 9, 2019)
- OFAC and the UN Urge Enhanced Trade Sanctions Controls for Maritime Supply Chain Actors, Including Banks and Insurers (Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2019)
- Trump Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal: US to Reimpose Sanctions (Posted On Friday, September 21, 2018)
- Recent Rule Reduces Export License Requirements for India (Posted On Sunday, September 2, 2018)
- U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security Updates Entity List with 44 Entities in China (Posted On Sunday, August 5, 2018)
- U.S. Bureau Of Industry And Security Updates Unverified List (Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2018)
- From Oligarch to SDN: New Designations Deepen Risks of Business with Russia (Posted On Friday, May 4, 2018)
- Are You an Exporter? You Might Be: The Often Overlooked Controls on Software with Encryption Capacity (Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2018)
- New Executive Order Extends Reach of North Korea Sanctions to Foreign Businesses (Posted On Tuesday, October 17, 2017)