Soo-Mi Rhee's practice focuses on national security matters including economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury (OFAC) and export controls administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce (BIS) and by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, US Department of State (DDTC), and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She helps companies and institutions establish compliance programs, obtain export authorizations, obtain product classifications, conduct compliance risk assessments/audits, and conduct internal investigations. She also regularly represents clients in economic sanctions, export controls, and/or FCPA enforcement proceedings before OFAC, BIS, DDTC, US Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In addition, Ms. Rhee assists clients with concerns regarding US national security-based foreign investment restrictions administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

In law school, Ms. Rhee was Executive Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

Experience

  • Non-US financial institution in an ongoing US government-initiated investigation of potential US sanctions violations being conducted by SDNY, NYAG, NYDFS, NY Fed, and OFAC.
  • Multinational manufacturer in ongoing Petrobras FCPA/anticorruption "Car Wash" investigation being conducted by DOJ, SEC, and Brazilian authorities.
  • Oil and gas data processing company in self-reported DOJ, OFAC, and BIS investigation of potential violations of the FCPA, US economic sanctions, and US export controls.
  • Major medical device manufacturer in US government-initiated, multi-continent DOJ, OFAC, and BIS investigation of potential violations of US economic sanctions and US export controls.
  • Fortune 200 IT services company in conducting a global FCPA/anti-corruption compliance risk assessment.
  • General counsel of a major oil and gas company in US government-initiated, multi-continent DOJ, SEC, OFAC, and BIS investigation of potential violations of the FCPA, US economic sanctions, and US export controls.
  • Major financial institution in self-reported OAC investigations of potential violations US antiboycott laws.
  • Oil and gas company in self-reported DOJ and SEC investigation of potential violations of the FCPA.
  • Fortune 100 defense contractor in self-reported DDTC investigations of potential violations of US export controls.
  • Logistics company in self-reported OFAC investigation of potential violations of US export controls.
  • Global consumer electronics and telecommunications company in conducting a global FCPA/anti-corruption compliance risk assessment.
  • Private equity funds in conducting internal FCPA/anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export controls audits of newly acquired portfolio companies.

Perspectives

A Rare Chance To Shape Arms Regulation Compliance Relief
Aerospace & Defense Law360, Compliance Law360, Employment Law360, International Trade Law360, Public Policy Law360
More Restrictions on Global Sales of Goods & Technology to Huawei (pdf)
Bloomberg Law
State Department Announces Limited Opportunity to Comment on ITAR Compliance Relief Due to COVID-19
Coronavirus: Multipractice Advisory
Export Control Compliance at University: GAO Calls for Improved Guidance
Advisory
CFIUS Proposal May Disproportionately Hit Certain Countries
Aerospace & Defense Law360, International Trade Law360, Mergers &Acquisitions Law360, Public Policy Law360, Technology Law360
More

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 2002
  • MPA, Princeton University, 1998
  • BA, Yonsei University, 1996
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of International Trade
  • Not licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Korea
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