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Francisco J. Vélez focuses his practice on international trade regulation with an emphasis on U.S. export controls and economic sanctions. He counsels clients on a range of economic sanctions and export controls issues, including those arising under sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Francisco also represents companies engaged in cross-border mergers and acquisitions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). His practice also involves assisting companies with internal investigations and compliance programs under various anti-corruption regimes (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines).

Francisco played five seasons for the Florida Gator football program. As a Gator kicker, he became a 2-year letterman. In the 2014 season, he was the leading scorer for the Gators, and received a full athletic scholarship. He was also a 4-time SEC academic honor roll member.



  • Represented Carrick Capital Partners in connection with its Series B Investment in Bishop Fox. Bishop Fox provides offensive security solutions ranging from continuous penetration testing, red teaming, and attack surface management to product, cloud and application security assessments.
  • Intern, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Office, 2014
  • Senior Associate, International Tax; Trade & Customs Team, KPMG, LLP, 2019-2021

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, 2018-2021


  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2018
  • M.A., International Business, University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business, 2015
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Florida, 2014
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Spanish, Fluent