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David Addis’s practice encompasses US foreign trade controls, including export controls, technology controls and encryption regulation, and antitrust counseling on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other competitor collaborations, and intellectual property licensing, including IP licensing policies for standard-setting organizations.

Mr. Addis has extensive experience with US foreign trade controls, export regulations and embargo sanctions administered by the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State and Homeland Security, and advises on compliance, obtaining licensing, and responding to possible enforcement actions.

  • Antitrust clearance for mergers, acquisitions, and license grants under the HSR review process before the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
  • Assisting global high-technology companies with export controls affecting encryption items and high-performance computers.
  • Representing participants in two different biotechnology cross-licensing and collaboration joint ventures to develop and commercialize gene-based therapies, one investigated under the HSR process by the Federal Trade Commission and one by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, and successfully persuading both agencies to close the initial investigations without a challenge.
  • Securing export licenses enabling leading pharmaceutical companies to sell medical products to embargoed countries, including Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan.
  • Antitrust advice on a distribution joint venture formed by leading commercial truck manufacturers.
  • Representing US defense subcontractors in enforcement investigations and related export licensing initiatives before the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
  • Antitrust and HSR counseling for a wide array of cross-licensing and R&D collaborations for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and for media/communications joint ventures, including cable channel ventures, joint ventures for video programming and content, and satellite, wireless, and broadcast joint ventures.

Pro Bono

  • Amicus briefs in the Courts of Appeal on behalf of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Junger v. Daly and Bernstein v. Department of State establishing that software source code is expression entitled to full First Amendment protection.