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Peter Lichtenbaum advises clients on a broad array of international regulatory compliance and trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, national security reviews of foreign investments, anti-corruption laws, market access, and international trade disputes. He has specialized experience in the aerospace and defense industries.

Mr. Lichtenbaum is ranked in Band 1 for Export Controls & Sanctions in Chambers USA (2019), which reports that he is “one of those rare lawyers who thinks through all the options moving forward.” Chambers describes him as a “go-to lawyer for those with export controls and sanctions issues.”

  • Advising multiple U.S. and international technology companies regarding the impact of recent Entity List designations on their operations.
  • Advising large U.S.-based software company regarding its compliance with deemed export controls under the EAR and ITAR.
  • Conducting risk assessment of large U.S.-based technology company’s export controls and sanctions compliance program.
  • Advising large U.S.-based defense company regarding the implementation of a compliance agreement under the ITAR.
  • Advising large U.S.-based aerospace and defense company regarding licenses to support international civil aerospace development
  • Advising large European-based aerospace and defense company regarding compliance with the EAR and ITAR.
  • Advising large Middle East-based petrochemical company regarding its overall compliance program, including trade controls and anti-corruption.
  • Advising U.S.-based multinational company in its compliance with U.S. export controls and trade sanctions, including with respect to Russia and Iran.
  • Advised large U.S.-based aerospace and defense company regarding its response to U.S. government investigations of export control violations related to China.
  • Advised major international consultancy in review of its trade controls compliance program.
  • Advised large U.S.-based consultancy in review of its trade controls compliance program.
  • Advised large multinational company regarding internal investigation and disclosure of dual-use export control violations related to China.
  • Advised major aerospace company regarding settlement of Justice Department and State Department defense export control enforcement cases.
  • Led analysis of European dual-use and defense trade controls for major aerospace company with sites in several countries.
  • Defended individual charged with criminal violations of U.S. dual-use export controls.
  • Assisted U.S. aerospace company with export classification and licensing requirements for joint venture with Chinese partner.

Pro Bono

  • Advising global pro bono law firm regarding a wide range of international human rights issues, such as restrictions on non-government organizations and land confiscation policies.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • U.S. State Department, Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG)
  • Washington Export Council, Chairman
  • American League for Exports and Security Assistance (ALESA), General Counsel
  • Defense Export Controls Forum, Steering Committee and former Chairman
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law, past co-Chair, Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Policy Committee
  • Aerospace Industries Association, International Council (2007-2010)

Previous Experience

  • BAE Systems, Inc., Vice President for Regulatory Compliance and International Policy
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Assistant Secretary for Export Administration
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of General Counsel (Honors Attorney)
  • Mr. Lichtenbaum was recognized by GIR as one of the 25 most respected sanctions lawyers in Washington, DC (2019).
  • Law360, International Trade MVP (2012)
  • Chambers Global, International Trade (2014-2021)    
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2013-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2013-2020)     
  • Legal 500 US, “Leading Lawyer” - Litigation: International Trade (2014-2017)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: International Trade (2013-2017)
  • The BTI Consulting Group, “Client Service All-Stars” (2020)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2014-2020)
  • Who's Who Legal, Trade & Customs (2015)