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    Christopher R. Wall

    Christopher R. Wall

    T: +1.202.663.9250 F: +1.202.663.8007

    Chris Wall is the law firm’s senior international trade partner and is located in the Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on export controls, foreign investment, international trade proceedings and policy. He regularly advises clients on commercial and military export licensing and enforcement matters; economic sanctions; national security (CFIUS) reviews and investigations; anti-boycott compliance and enforcement; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; antidumping, countervailing duty and other trade proceedings; NAFTA and WTO dispute resolution; Court of International Trade appeals; bilateral investment treaties; complex Customs matters; and other trade policy and legislative matters.

    Mr. Wall served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration during 2008–2009. Mr. Wall works closely with U.S. government agencies including the Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Defense and the Treasury Department, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Customs Service, 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 and conferences. Mr. Wall serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business. He chaired the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC 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 Association. Mr. Wall is a frequent lecturer at both domestic and international conferences and has testified as an expert witness before Congress on foreign investment. Mr. Wall is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Honors & Awards
    • Chambers USA, International Trade: CFIUS Experts, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions—National (2012-2013, 2015-2016), International Trade—National (2006-2010, 2013)
    • Chambers Global, International Trade: CFIUS Experts and Export Controls & Sanctions—USA (2007-2015)
    • Best Lawyers in America, International Trade and Finance Law (2009-2017)
    • Legal 500 US, International Trade—Leading Lawyer (2012-2016)
    • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, Recipient (2011)

    Court of International Trade

    Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    Selected Presentations

    Speaker, “What the Iran Nuclear Deal Will Mean for U.S. Business,” The Export Practitioner, August 2015

    "Evolving US Economic Sanctions and their Legal Implications – Cuba, Iran, Russia and Burma" ACC Greater New York’s Full Day CLE Event, July 22, 2015

    Co-Chair of Practicing Law Institute Conference “Coping with Export Controls,” (Washington, DC, December 2002-2007, 2009 - 2014)

    "The Need to Anticipate – Best Practices for Compliance Readiness," Argyle's Chief of Legal Officer Forum (New York, NY, October 18, 2011)

    "Export Control Reform: Security Enhancement and Economic Boon?" American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (Washington, DC, July 14, 2010)

    China Summit on Export Controls Compliance, Conference Co-Chair and "Deciding Whether or Not to Apply for the Validated End User (VEU) Program," American Conference Institute (Beijing, April 20 - 21, 2010)

    "U.S. Export Controls and Their Impact on German Companies," vbw-Vereinigung der Bayerischedn Wirtschaft (Munich, March 16, 2010)

    “Export Controls:  Challenges and Recommendations for the Obama Administration,” Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, DC, November 20, 2008)

    “Sanctions and Export Controls as U.S. Foreign Policy Tools,” Plenary Remarks, 21st Annual IBC Conference on Global Trade Controls (London, November 18, 2008)

    “The Export Administration Agenda,” Plenary Remarks, Update 2008 Conference on Export Controls and Policy, Globalization, National Security and Technology Leadership (Washington, DC, September 30, 2008)

    “Responding to OFAC Inquiries and Enforcement Actions,” American Conference Institute National Forum on OFAC Enforcement and Compliance (Washington, DC, June 17, 2008)

    “Developing an Effective Licensing Strategy for China Exports and Reexports,” American Conference Institute 11th National Forum on Export Controls (Washington, DC, May 28, 2008)

    “Foreign Direct Investment and Global Concerns,” Moderator, Council on Foreign Relations Corporate Program Conference Call with Edward Alden, December 19, 2007

    “CFIUS:  New Rules for Foreign Investment in the U.S.,” Gilston-Kalin Communications, Audio-Conference Briefing, November 14, 2007

    Extraterritoriality of U.S. Sanctions, ABA National Institute on Economic Sanctions (Washington, DC, November 2005)

    “U.S. Regulations Applicable to Doing Business in China: Export Controls and The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” American Conference Institute (San Francisco, June 2005)

    “Global Business and the Challenges of ITAR Compliance,” Defense Industry Compliance – American Conference Institute (Washington, DC, February 2005)  

    “Controlling the Flow of Technology in Global Operations: Deemed Exports,” Practicing Law Institute (Washington, DC, December 2001)

    “International Export Controls and U.S. Policy: How Much Vigilance is Enough,” John Bassett Moore Society of International Law, 50th Anniversary Symposium (Charlottesville, VA, February, 2001)

    “Economic Sanctions” ABA National Institute (Washington, DC, May 2000 and May 2001)

    “Anti-boycott Update,” Practicing Law Institute (Washington, DC, December 2000)

    “New Encryption Regulations” and “New Exporter of Record Rules,” Practicing law Institute (Washington, DC, December 1999).

    “ILSA and OFAC Sanctions Programs: Iraq, Libya and Iran,” Insight Information Conference on Compliance and Risk Management for International Business (New York, November, 1998)

    Selected Trade Publications
    "National Export Initiative: Only a Passing Grade," North American Free Trade and Investment Report, Thomson Reuters World Trade Executive, July 2010

    "Weak Tea: The U.N. Sanctions Against Iran Have Been Watered Down to Almost Nothing," Foreign Policy, June 8, 2010

    "International Trade Policy: Missing from the Recovery," North American Free Trade and Investment Report and Thomson Reuters World Trade Executive, January 2010

    “Proposed CFIUS Rules: Addressing National Security Issues in the Context of Foreign Direct Investment,” Washington Legal Foundation Contemporary Legal Note, August 2008

    “National Security Reviews Under FINSA – What Happens Next?” Financier Worldwide, November 2007

    “Foreign Investment Limits in U.S. Energy and Infrastructure Assets” (co-author with Robert A. James), Texas Lawyer, May 28, 2007

    “Guiding Clients (and Yourself) Through a Complicated Field,” The Laws Behind International Trade: A Detailed Look at Enforcement Regulations and Political Influences, Aspatore Books, 2006

    "Capital Markets Sanctions," ABA National Institute of Economic Sanctions, November 2005

    “International Convention Prohibits Bribery of Public Officials,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 1998

    “Cross-Border Dilemma: EU Action Over Helms-Burton Would Be A Mistake,” Financial Times, July 16, 1996

    “International Trade Regulation: Enforcement Update,” International Lawyers’ Newsletter, January/February 1996

    “The New Iran Embargo” and “Commerce Department Publishes Proposal for Complete Revision of Export Administration Regulations,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 1995

    “Trade Regulations Related to Products from Taiwan,” Chapter 16 of American Law (Gregory Chiang, ed.), Yuan-Liou Publishing Co., Taiwan, 1993

    “U.S. Foreign Investment Regulations,” Financial Times, December 12, 1991

    District of Columbia
    State of New York
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979
    B.A., Oxford University, 1976
    B.A., Yale University, 1974
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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