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Steven F. Hill

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Steven Hill is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has over 20 years of experience in a broad array of international trade regulation compliance and enforcement matters, particularly export controls, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions laws enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), customs and other importation laws, anti-boycott laws, and anti-corruption laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Mr. Hill regularly advises multinational businesses in every context in which compliance with international trade laws may arise, including responding to governmental enforcement actions, preparation of voluntary disclosures and other submissions to governmental authorities, conducting internal investigations of potential violations of international trade laws, as well as ongoing day-to-day compliance matters, such as classification of goods, software, and technology, assessment of the impact of sanctions programs on proposed transactions, and obtaining licenses from relevant government agencies. Mr. Hill also assists clients in conducting internal risk assessments and development and implementation of compliance programs and has conducted targeted training on international trade laws for clients located in a number of countries. As part of his experience, Mr. Hill regularly assists clients in conducting international trade-related diligence on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture partners, and other business partners and intermediaries.

Mr. Hill routinely works with the firm’s public policy, corporate, securities, government contracts, and white collar/criminal defense areas to provide coordinated services to clients on international trade compliance matters. He also has substantial experience working with attorneys and experts in foreign countries to formulate effective advice in matters covering multiple national jurisdictions.

As part of his services to clients on substantive international trade matters, Mr. Hill regularly advises on national security reviews of foreign acquisitions and investments in the United States conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). This includes analysis of proposed transactions for potential national security risk factors, development of effective strategies in approaching CFIUS and other relevant actors within the U.S. government, and submission of voluntary notifications to CFIUS.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hill was a lawyer in the international trade practice groups of several other prominent Washington, D.C. law firms.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Advised major oil and gas sector companies on the development and implementation of comprehensive export controls and FCPA compliance programs, including detailed procedures for screening of proposed intermediaries.
  • Advised a major online retailer in the development of automated export compliance screening procedures.
  • Advised major manufacturing companies on the development of export compliance programs.
  • Assisted a commodities and chemicals trading firm in conducting an internal investigation of potential violations of U.S. sanctions laws and in preparing and submitting disclosures to OFAC.
  • Conducted in-person training of multinational business personnel in international trade compliance matters in various overseas locations, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and European Union member states.
  • Led a team of international trade compliance professionals in analyzing business operations for potential risks under various countries’ sanctions programs for purposes of listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Advised a major manufacturer in the downstream oil and gas sector in an investigation of potential violations of the OFAC-enforced Burmese Sanctions Regulations.
  • Advised clients in the oil and gas, healthcare, business consultancy, and manufacturing sectors on due diligence on proposed corporate acquisitions and international joint ventures.
  • Advised clients in the oil and gas and manufacturing sectors on complex export control classification and U.S. sanctions law questions.
  • Advised major U.S. manufacturing and energy industry companies on international trade enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures to government authorities concerning potential violations of the EAR, U.S. sanctions laws, and the Foreign Trade Regulations.
  • Advised clients in the energy and telecom industries on potential CFIUS review jurisdiction issues and voluntary submissions to the CFIUS review process.
  • Advised Chinese investment firms on potential CFIUS risk issues related to acquisitions of oil and gas and technology-related assets in the United States.
  • Advised an aerospace services-related company on compliance matters concerning the ITAR, including voluntary disclosure to government authorities.