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Dechert LLP
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International Trade and Government Regulation


Sean Kane is Counsel in Dechert’s International Trade Group and advises clients on a broad range of matters relating to U.S. and international economic and trade sanctions, anti-money laundering, illicit finance and corruption, internal investigations, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). As the former Deputy Assistant Director for Policy in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Mr. Kane played a key role in implementing high-profile sanction policies and programs involving numerous countries including Iran, North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Syria and Sudan, as well as programs related to counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics.

Throughout his time with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Mr. Kane cultivated invaluable, firsthand experience engaging in international outreach with foreign governments and the private sector, as well as in depth knowledge of complex licensing and enforcement matters. Working closely with interagency partners at the National Security Council (NSC), U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he shaped the development and implementation of U.S. sanctions policy, including the drafting of new sanctions authorities and OFAC regulations. Mr. Kane also engaged with Congress on pending or proposed sanctions legislation, and worked closely with counterparts at the Treasury Department on AML and illicit finance issues as well as CFIUS matters.


University of Florida, B.A., 1998, cum laude; University of Utrecht, Certificate in European Politics and Integration, 1998; George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2002, With Honors

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > 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.