Renée A. Latour

Renée A. Latour

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Renée A. Latour focuses her practice on international trade regulation and compliance, with an emphasis U.S. export controls and economic sanctions administered by the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury. Renée advises on international trade related matters related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including anti-boycott regulations, and U.S. sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Renée also counsels on the Exon-Florio provisions of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Renée regularly represents clients before CFIUS, including negotiation of mitigation measures and national security agreements, and in mitigating foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI). Renée also advises on the foreign direct investment reporting requirements of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and other trade and investment-related regulations in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Renée also counsels clients on matters arising under anti-corruption and anti-bribery measures (U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UNCAC, and OECD Convention), including compliance counseling and investigations.

Renée has assisted clients in the manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, defense, aerospace and aviation, financial services, food and beverage, energy, and life sciences industries, among others.

Concentrations

  • Export controls
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and Exon Florio notifications
  • Anticorruption compliance and investigations
  • Foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI)
  • Foreign direct investment reporting
  • Anti-boycott regulations
  • International trade compliance
  • Regulatory due diligence
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Designed and implemented global export controls and economic sanctions compliance program for major U.S.-based food manufacturer.
  • Assisted U.S. medical device manufacturer with OFAC licensing regime and global sales expansion.
  • Achieved resolution of multi-agency (BIS/OEE and OFAC), multi-year export violation matter telecommunications and telephony device manufacturer with no monetary or administrative penalties.
  • Achieved resolution of multi-country export violations disclosure matter for oil industry manufacturer, with no monetary or administrative penalties.
  • Designed and implemented Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions program specific to international oil and energy industry service provider and manufacturer.
  • Assisted U.S. ammunition manufacturer with all aspects of international export, sanctions, and FCPA compliance program.
  • Represented Thermal Dynamics, Inc., a U.S. ITAR registrant, before CFIUS in $56.65 million acquisition by Chinese entity.
  • Represented AB Volvo before CFIUS for the sale of its aerospace business to GKN plc for £700m.
  • Represented four U.S. entities individually before CFIUS in collective $2 billion acquisition by non-U.S. private investment firm.
  • Represented Chinese investment fund before CFIUS in $284 million acquisition of U.S. life sciences and genetics entity, including negotiation of CFIUS mitigation measures.
  • Represented U.S. biotech entity before CFIUS in $132 million acquisition by Chinese investment fund.
  • Represented Professional Diversity Networks, Inc. before CFIUS in $20.5 million sale of controlling stake to Seychelles private entity wholly-owned by Chinese individuals.
  • Negotiated Special Security Agreement (SSA) with U.S. Department of Defense on behalf of U.S. company acquired by foreign investor.
  • Designed and implemented global anti-corruption compliance program for international aviation and aerospace manufacturer.
  • Designed global anticorruption policy and implementing procedures for major U.S. financial services entity.
  • Conducted global anti-corruption investigation for aviation MRO, including subsidiaries in China, Venezuela, Canada, and Europe.
  • Conducted in-country risk assessments and designed corresponding compliance program enhancements for Fortune 50 company in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, and elsewhere.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, "Corporate & Finance - International Counsel in Latin America (Florida-Based)," Chambers Latin America Awards, 2017
  • WorldECR Awards 2015, "Highly commended - Young Practitioner of the Year," Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, 2015
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Vice President, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Section of International Law (2014 – present)
    • Steering Committee, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Section of International Law (2012-2014)
    • Member, National Security Committee
    • Member, Young Lawyers Interest Network
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2006
  • B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2001
  • L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1999-2000
  • L'Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1999-2000
Admissions
  • Virginia
Admitted in Virginia. Practice in the District of Columbia limited to matters and proceedings before Federal courts and Agencies.
Languages
  • French

  • Italian

  • Spanish