Thomas deButts assists domestic and foreign companies in navigating the intricate web of US international trade and investment 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)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) regulations

Thomas also counsels companies on compliance with the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Antiboycott Regulations (included in the EAR) and the application of INCOTERMS to international business transactions.

Thomas has served as a 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 EAR violations.