Reid Whitten works with clients around the world to plan, prepare, and succeed in global business transactions. In the areas of sanctions, export and defense exports, anti-corruption, and CFIUS, he supports clients in detecting and deterring potential compliance issues as well as conducting and defending investigations and enforcements. Mr. Whitten also advises on anti-dumping, anti-money laundering, and anti-boycott regulations.
Mr. Whitten is a thought leader on cross-border business regulations. He is a visiting professor at the Law School of the Université Catholique de Lille, in France, and at Wake Forest University in the United States where he teaches courses on The Law of International Business.
He writes and comments regularly and is called on by television news channels, international newspapers, and trade publications to provide analysis on the latest changes to cross-border transactional regulations.
Mr. Whitten also conducts seminars on regulatory updates to industry groups in the United States, France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. He speaks French fluently. Mr. Whitten is the Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office and shares his time serving clients out of the Washington, D.C. office.
- J.D., Wake Forest University, 2007, Fletcher Scholar, Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review
- B.A., The College of William & Mary, 2002, cum laude
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States Fourth Circuit Court
- Barreau de Bruxelles – Liste B
- Developed strategy for major Polish gas company on continuing business with certain Russian entities without violating U.S. sanctions
- Supported completion of €500 Million deal between EU security service provider and Iranian airport authorities for security services at Iranian airports in compliance with post-JCPOA Sanctions
- Advised multinational EU construction company on conflict of laws questions between U.S. sanctions and EU blocking statutes
- Advised non-U.S. businesses and financial institutions on entering the Iranian market after the Iran Nuclear Deal
- Represented non-U.S. chemical manufacturer in negotiating removal from federal and state blocked lists under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA)
- Represented U.S. energy company in a multi-national anti-bribery and FCPA investigation conducted in coordination between U.S. and Ghanaian authorities.
- Advised on internal FCPA investigation of Fortune 100 U.S. agricultural products company related to bribery allegations on three continents
- Completed a company-wide ITAR compliance audit for the U.S. facilities of a global materials manufacturer and obtained a closed matter with no penalty or further action from The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
- Defended U.S. electronics distributor in enforcement action by U.S. Attorney’s Office for Middle District of Florida resulting in civil disposition with no criminal charges
- Successfully represented a U.S. manufacturer to the Korean Customs Service and obtained preferential treatment in Korea for that company’s products under the Korea U.S. Free Trade Agreement
- Defended the District of Columbia in a civil suit against thirty-two DCPD officers for damages related to the service of a warrant on a murder suspect
- American Bar Association: Chair of the Young Lawyers Division – International Section
- Member Barreau de Bruxelles: Liste B – The Belgian bar for international lawyers practicing in Brussels
- American Bar Association – International Law Section, Appointed Vice-Chair of the Law Student, LLM & New Lawyer Outreach Committee, August 2012 – August 2013
- American Bar Association – International Law Section, Europe Committee
- Virginia State Bar Association – International Practice Section
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