Steve Becker is the leader of the law firm's International Trade practice. His practice encompasses a broad range of legal subjects in the areas of international trade regulation and international law. He works with companies in a wide variety of industries, including semiconductors, aerospace, electronics, software, energy, and agriculture.
Mr. Becker regularly advises companies on export control restrictions and embargoes, including those imposed under the Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and Assets Control Regulations, and in matters relating to obtaining license approvals, establishing internal corporate compliance programs, and determining whether proposed transactions are permitted. Mr. Becker has defended companies in both administrative and criminal enforcement actions involving alleged violations of the export control laws. Mr. Becker often speaks at conferences on export controls and embargoes.
Mr. Becker is an authority on international trade agreements and public international law and has advised several foreign governments on a variety of issues relating to their treaties with the U.S. He has been involved in numerous international dispute settlement proceedings conducted under the rules of regional trade agreements, the World Trade Organization, and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Mr. Becker is a member of Pillsbury's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Task Force. He regularly counsels clients on compliance with the FCPA, including by assisting them in creating and implementing compliance policies and programs, providing training, analyzing transactions for potential FCPA liability, and conducting internal investigations.
Mr. Becker has extensive experience with customs law matters, including rules of origin, valuation, and tariff classification issues, government audits, and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. He assists companies in establishing internal compliance programs and counsels clients on how they can benefit from free trade agreements and other duty reduction programs, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Becker also advises on compliance with the Exon-Florio Amendment, which is administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and allows the President to block foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies that are deemed vital to U.S. national security, including "critical infrastructure." He represents both domestic and foreign companies in preparing submissions to CFIUS and complying with the various legal obligations that can arise when foreign interests invest in the United States.
Mr. Becker also represents companies, industry associations, and foreign governments in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as in other types of trade remedy proceedings such as safeguards, Section 301, and Section 332 investigations, and appeals to the Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
At Columbia University Law School, Mr. Becker was Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a course on international trade agreements.
Mr. Becker is acknowledged as a leading International Trade lawyer in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the category International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy.
- Chambers USA, International Trade: Trade Remedies and Trade Policy—National (2007-2016), International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions—National (2016)
- Chambers Global, International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy—USA (2008-2015)
- Legal 500 US, International Trade (2015-2016)
- Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate M&A (2013)
- Super Lawyers, International Trade (2013-2016)
American Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court, Court of International Trade, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Federal, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
Speaker, “Shifting Landscape: Recent Developments in US and EU Sanctions Rules,” The Compliance Forum, hosted by IMH, Nicosia, Cyprus, December 9, 2015
Speaker, “Coherence, Conflict of Chaos in International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement,” The Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) Annual Conference, November 6, 2015
Speaker, “What the Iran Nuclear Deal Will Mean for U.S. Business,” The Export Practitioner, August 2015
“Unlock Your Guide to AML,” Protiviti Inc. webinar, December 11, 2014
“U.S. Sanctions Relating to the Unrest in Ukraine: Compliance Challenges,” Practicing Law Institute webinar, October 9, 2014
“Coping with US Export Controls,” Practicing Law Institute, Basics of Export Controls webinar, Washington, DC, November 11, 2013
“Recent Developments in Investment Arbitration,” presentation at the annual meeting of the Berne Union association of private and governmental export credit insurers, Jersey City, New Jersey, April 23, 2013
“Export Enforcement Issues,” U.S. Export Controls & Defense Trade Controls Seminar Series, hosted by Export Compliance Training Institute, Chicago, IL, September 16, 2011
“Compliance Planning II – Is Your House Made of Straw, Sticks or Bricks? Manufacturing and Defense Industry Planning,” Coping with U.S. Export Controls 2010, hosted by Practicing Law Institute, Washington, DC, December 7, 2010
“The Intersection of E&C and Export Control Regulations,” Ethics & Compliance Officer Association’s 8th Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference, September 22, 2010
"Export Enforcement Issues,” U.S. Export Controls & Defense Trade Controls Seminar Series, hosted by Export Compliance Training Institute, Chicago, IL, September 15, 2009
"The Extraterritorial Reach of US Sanctions: OFAC’s Application to Foreign Parties and Activities," Economic Sanctions Conference, hosted by American Conference Institute, February 2009
“Preventing Liability for Foreign Party Violations of U.S. Export/Reexport Controls,” Annual Forum on Export Controls, hosted by American Conference Institute, May 2009