Margaret Gatti represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies, universities, and financial institutions in matters involving economic sanctions, export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), customs and import regulations, free trade agreements, antiboycott regulations (EAR and IRS), anticorruption laws (FCPA and UKBA), anti-money laundering legislation, international commercial sales terms (INCOTERMS), international e-commerce, and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reporting, as well as national security issues.
National security issues include submissions to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
In representing clients, Margaret conducts merger and acquisition due diligence, provides compliance counseling and training, drafts compliance procedures, performs compliance audits, and drafts voluntary disclosures for submission to U.S. government enforcement agencies. Preparing responses to inquiries and subpoenas received from government agencies and representing clients in settlement discussions and debarment or denial proceedings associated with export, import, and sanctions violations are part of her services to clients.
Manufacturers, exporters, importers, and brokers involved in the defence industry turn to Margaret for representation before various regulatory authorities. These authorities include the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE); and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Margaret was a partner in the corporate practice of a national law firm. Prior to that, she was a senior vice-president in the international banking practice at a major U.S. bank, with responsibilities for cross-border lending to the Comecon countries and for international trade financing for U.S. companies.