Suzanne Y. Kao, Esq. leads Deloitte Tax LLP’s Global Export Controls and Sanctions practice.
With her extensive export controls and sanctions experience, Suzanne focuses on advising a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, high technology, software, energy, and life sciences, on US export controls and sanctions compliance involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (‘ITAR’), Export Administration Regulations (‘EAR’), and Office of Foreign Assets Controls Regulations (‘OFAC’). Amongst the services she provides, they include jurisdictional classifications, technology transfers, strategic licensing, export compliance assessments, compliance audits and investigations, related voluntary disclosures to US government agencies, as well as associated enforcement and compliance actions by the US government.
As the Global Export Controls leader, together with Deloitte’s global export control network, she works with international clients in advising on the extraterritorial nature of US export and sanctions regulations, designing and implementing export compliance programs, providing guidance and solutions for proactive and remedial measures for international trade compliance, creating and conducting customised export compliance training, and assisting international organisations with export controls-related strategic, operational, and compliance matters related to merger, acquisition and divestiture, integration activities, as well as trade automation and business model optimization. Suzanne works closely with US and global clients to address their operational and compliance-based export control requirements in a practical and effective manner.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Suzanne was a practising international trade lawyer for approximately 15 years. She was the founding member of an international trade law firm in Washington, DC, where she counseled and advised clients in regulatory areas including the ITAR, EAR, OFAC and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (‘FCPA’). Her extensive experience also includes previously practising international trade law and government contracts at a large Washington, DC-based multinational law firm.
Suzanne received her Bachelors of Arts degree, with Honors, from Brown University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina – School of Law. Suzanne is a member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia Bars, as well as the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Court of Federal Claims.