Blank Rome adds international trade and national security


Washington, DC, April 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blank Rome LLP is pleased to welcome Anthony Rapa, a leading international trade and national security attorney, as a partner in the office of Washington, DC, where he will lead the firm’s national security team. . Working closely with the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services industry group, Anthony will advise companies, private equity sponsors and financial institutions on issues relating to sanctions and export controls in transactions. cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, government investigations and regulatory matters. . A dual qualified practitioner in the United States and the United Kingdom, he joined Blank Rome from Kirkland & Ellis where he was a partner.

“Anthony is a fantastic addition to Blank Rome and our Aerospace, Defense and Government Services industry team,” said Grant S. Palmer, Managing Partner and CEO of Blank Rome. “He will play a key role in expanding our capabilities in national security and international trade, as well as helping our clients solve critical problems in this multidisciplinary and evolving field. His in-depth knowledge of sanctions and export control regimes in the US, UK and EU will greatly benefit our clients as we help them navigate the increasingly complex sanctions landscape and rapid evolution.

Anthony advises clients on a wide range of sanctions and export control compliance matters, including under sanctions regulations administered by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). United States, the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by the United States Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) of the Department of Commerce and the International Traffic Regulations of Arms (“ITAR”) administered by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) of the United States Department of State. He leads internal investigations and due diligence of mergers and acquisitions related to sanctions and export controls, submits licensing and advisory opinion requests on behalf of clients, advises on transactions involving high-risk jurisdictions and /or export controlled items, performs product classifications under EAR and ITAR regulates, develops compliance policies for multinational organizations and assists clients with supply chain due diligence. In addition to his US qualification, Anthony is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales, and has extensive knowledge of UK and EU sanctions and export control regimes.

“Anthony’s experience handling some of the most sophisticated national security and international trade issues gives him a comprehensive perspective of the challenges faced by companies operating in the global marketplace,” said Justin A. Chiarodo, Partner and President of the firm’s Government Contracts Group. . “His strong relationships with key government agencies enhance our firm’s abilities to advocate for clients facing difficult regulatory issues and investigations not only in the US, but also in the UK and EU. I look forward to working with Anthony to help our clients manage their toughest national security and international trade issues. »

Anthony works with entities around the world and has experience in a number of industries including aerospace, defence, energy, technology, software, semiconductors, mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, automotive, finance, shipping, freight transportation and logistics.

“We are at a pivotal moment for sanctions and export control policy that calls for a holistic approach to national security and geopolitical issues, and Blank Rome’s deep pool of multidisciplinary capabilities and emphasis on a collaborative customer service and commitment to growth will position our customers for success,” added Rapa. “The opportunity to work with such talented people was something I couldn’t pass up. It’s a great company to call home.

Anthony received his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, summa cum laudeand his BA from Drew University, summa cum laude. While in law school, Anthony was the commentary editor for the Seton Hall’s Law Revision.

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