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Adetayo ‘Tayo’ Osuntogun is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Barnes & Thornburg. Tayo is a member of the international trade practice group where he advises business and institutional clients on international trade law, including export controls, economic sanctions, trade remedies, trade policy and customs and import regulations. He works regularly with government agencies that regulate international trade to help clients realise their distinct objectives surrounding their global commerce initiatives.
Tayo represents clients before various federal agencies such as the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Customs and Border Protection, US International Trade Commission and the International Trade Administration. His experience in export controls and economic sanctions includes assisting clients with commodity jurisdictions, export classifications, licensing, drafting and revising compliance policies and procedures to meet the demands of an ever-shifting regulatory environment, as well as assisting clients with export classifications. Tayo provides clients with counselling, licensing services and enforcement representation with respect to US economic sanctions, anti-boycott regulation and CFIUS.
Tayo’s practice also encompasses US Customs regulations on imports, including Section 301 and Section 232 tariffs, antidumping and countervailing duties, product marking and country of origin issues, tariff classification, valuation, free trade agreements and trade preference programmes. He resolves complex free trade agreement verifications, seizures, voluntary disclosures and penalties. Tayo has successfully pursued binding rulings, regulatory changes and petitions.
Tayo is a member of the team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the US Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the US export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).
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