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Hena  Schommer

Hena Schommer

hschommer@steptoe.com

Hena Schommer assists clients located around the globe with complex export control and sanctions compliance matters, including related regulatory disclosures, investigations and reviews. She works with companies on matters involving compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, including clients in the logistics, shipping, aerospace and telecommunications sectors.

Hena also assists clients in internal investigations and disclosures before various US government agencies relating to US export controls and economic sanctions. She works with companies to strengthen, build and implement their compliance programmes, remediate potential non-compliance and provide strategic guidance on voluntary self-disclosures before key US government agencies.

Hena focuses on providing sophisticated and nuanced guidance to non-US companies related to the EAR, ITAR and OFAC regulations. When both non-US and US companies appear before US government agencies for potential export controls and sanctions violations, she provides strong representation before the US Departments of Commerce and Justice, and OFAC.

Her notable experience includes being part of the international team that represented a Chinese telecommunications company charged with violating US export controls and sanctions laws, and securing the first-ever ‘temporary general licence’ allowing the company to stay in business during the multi-agency investigation.