Crowell & Moring LLP
Christopher Monahan is a counsel in the International Trade Group at Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on the U.S. regulation of international trade, including export controls, and sanctions. Chris primarily counsels clients with respect to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and also advises on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has represented U.S. and multinational clients from a variety of industries, including: manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, financial, aerospace, defense, aviation, electronics, software, pharmaceutical, and automotive. Chris also regularly advises on the international trade related risks associated with corporate mergers and acquisitions, including to numerous private equity funds. On a day-to-day basis, he advises clients on legal questions related to complicated international transactions, global sourcing models, and corporate compliance structures. He conducts numerous internal investigations, audits, and compliance assessments. He prepares disclosures and responses to government agency inquiries related to violations of the ITAR, Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and OFAC administered sanctions programs. He represents and assists clients in responding to inquiries from government agencies such as the U.S. State Department, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Chris also regularly assists clients in matters related determining the jurisdiction and export control classification of their products and technology. He assists in obtaining government authorization to export goods, technology, and services ranging from defense articles and services to humanitarian aid to embargoed destinations. He drafts and helps implement compliance policies and procedures, trains company personnel, and assists clients with public comments to government rulemaking. Chris develops and provides training on international trade laws and regulations to domestic and international clients and on behalf of professional conferences. In addition to his international trade practice, Chris represents clients in child custody and domestic violence litigation. He helps parental and third party guardians obtain permanent and temporary custody orders, child support, and civil protective orders. Chris received his B.A. in history from Santa Clara University and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.