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F. Amanda DeBusk

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International Trade and Government Regulation


F. Amanda DeBusk, chair of the firm’s global International Trade and Government Regulation practice, focuses on matters relating to U.S. international trade regulations, export controls, sanctions and trade compliance. Ms. DeBusk is highly regarded as an authority on the enforcement of export and trade compliance, drawing on her experience as the former U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for Export Enforcement to represent clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to civil and criminal enforcement, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance and customs.

Ms. DeBusk offers expertise in a number of regulatory areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Buy America Act. Her clients include leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. DeBusk practices across an array of industries, including defense, banking, manufacturing, electronics, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, telecommunications and energy.


  • Former U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Trustee emeritus, University of Richmond board of trustees
  • Former counsel to the chair of the president’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Former commissioner, Federal Interagency Commission on Crime and Security in U.S. Seaports
  • Former member, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Investment and Services Policy Advisory Committee
  • Senior advisor, Women in International Trade Charitable Trust
  • Board of editors, Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime
  • Member, Trade Policy Forum


University of Richmond, B.A., 1978, summa cum laude; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

Strengthened by the arrival in April 2018 of the 'superb' Amanda DeBusk and the 'proactive and balanced' Melissa Duffy from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, particularly on the export controls and economic sanctions front, Dechert LLP's growing international trade offering is an increasingly attractive proposition, both for institutional clients (including many of its impressive roster of funds clients) and on a standalone basis. Both DeBusk and Duffy provide sanctions and export controls counseling to global automotive heavyweight Ford Motor Company; as the largest US investor in Russia, the advice has been particularly tailored to ensure it mitigates its exposure to the recently implemented Russian sanctions. As part of his broad broad-ranging trade practice, co-head Jeremy Zucker regularly handles CFIUS clearance work, which recently included advising (alongside the firm's Hong Kong office) SK Hynix, as part of a consortium, on the $18bn acquisition of Toshiba’s memory chip division. Counsel Sean Kane is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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