F. Amanda DeBusk is chair of the firm’s global International Trade and Government Regulation practice and focuses on matters relating to U.S. international trade regulations, export controls, sanctions and trade compliance.
Ms. DeBusk is highly regarded as an authority on the enforcement of export and trade compliance, drawing on her experience as the former U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for Export Enforcement to represent clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to civil and criminal enforcement, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance and customs.
Ms. DeBusk offers expertise in a number of regulatory areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Buy America Act. Her clients include leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. DeBusk practices across an array of industries, including defense, banking, manufacturing, electronics, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, telecommunications and energy.
Ms. DeBusk is consistently recognized and recommended as a top international trade and business lawyer in Chambers and The Legal 500. She was recently listed as one of the “top 30 practitioners of international trade law in the world” by Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT).
Ms. DeBusk was also recognized by Best Lawyers for International Trade. Ms. DeBusk is an active contributor to the international trade community, presenting at conferences and webinars around the world such as the American Conference Institute’s Networking & Leadership Forum for Women in Defense and Aerospace Law & Compliance, the Annual TRACE Forum and C5’s Conference on U.S. Defense Trade Controls Under State and Commerce.
She has also authored articles for The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions,Law360, The Export Practitioner and Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime. Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. DeBusk was a partner at another international law firm, where she was the chair of the international trade department.
- University of Richmond, B.A., 1978, summa cum laude
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States Court of International Trade
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Former U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations
- Trustee emeritus, University of Richmond board of trustees
- Former counsel to the chair of the president’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations
- Former commissioner, Federal Interagency Commission on Crime and Security in U.S. Seaports
- Senior advisor, Women in International Trade Charitable Trust
- Board of editors, Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime
- Provided expert testimony on international trade issues for two Senate committees.
- Sanctions, including compliance advice, internal investigations and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) licensing.
- Customs matters, including penalty proceedings, audits and prior disclosures.
- The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including complex issues and strategy arising in large global acquisitions.
- Global settlements of criminal and civil export controls investigations with the U.S. Departments of Justice, Commerce, Treasury, State and Homeland Security.
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