Thomas deButts assists domestic and foreign companies in navigating the intricate web of US international trade controls.

His practice focuses primarily on the following regulatory regimes:

  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the US Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Economic sanctions regulations administered by the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Thomas also counsels companies on compliance with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), US Department of Energy Part 810 export regulations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) export regulations, Antiboycott Regulations (included in the EAR), the regulations of the US Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the application of INCOTERMS to international business transactions.

Thomas served as the only Department of Justice and BIS approved Independent Compliance Monitor in connection with a deferred prosecution agreement between a US company and the United States involving only EAR violations.