Ms Amanda DeBusk > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
United States

Work Department

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International trade

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Amanda DeBuskDechert LLP

Dechert LLP garners praise for being ‘an expert in the field‘, on the back of its strong showings in the export controls and economic sanctions areas. The trade team also frequently acts alongside the firm’s financial services and corporate groups to assist clients in obtaining CFIUS clearances. Amanda DeBusk chairs the international trade and government regulation practice globally and is widely considered among the market leaders for export controls and economic sanctions. Department co-chair Jeremy B. Zucker is also well versed in export controls and sanctions; he additionally advises foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets on CFIUS matters. Darshak Dholakia, who has an emphasis on economic sanctions, anti-bribery, export controls and CFIUS issues, is also noted. Melissa Duffy joined Fenwick & West LLP.