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Dechert LLP

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Melissa L. Duffy

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Dechert LLP

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International Trade and Government Regulation


Melissa Duffy focuses her practice on international trade matters, specifically matters relating to export controls, trade sanctions, digital trade controls, CFIUS and other national security issues for clients involving a variety of agencies, both civil and criminal. Ms. Duffy advises multinational companies across a wide range of industries, including technology, financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, and energy. She utilizes her considerable experience in the international trade field to counsel clients on day-to-day compliance operations, as well as to provide various forms of advocacy before U.S. trade regulators, such as preparing requests for regulatory guidance, submission of export and sanctions license requests, advising on rulemakings, preparing commodity classification and jurisdiction requests, and investigating and preparing complex voluntary disclosures. Ms. Duffy has extensive knowledge on Cuban, Iranian, and Russian sanctions, as well as matters involving the Middle East.


Principia College, B.A., 2000, with Honors; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2004, cum laude, Managing Editor - Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Georgetown Barristers' Council Best Oral Advocate 2003-2004

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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