Michael Zara focuses his practice on international trade law affecting goods, technology, services and related transactions in the consumer, industrial and military sectors. His practice involves customs, import controls, export controls, economic sanctions, anti-corruption law and other regulations that apply to the particulars of clients’ activities.
Mr. Zara advises clients on compliance “best practices,” internal investigations, and administrative and judicial proceedings. He also provides international trade-related counsel on transactions and contracts, including M&A due diligence and agreements, and supplier, logistics provider, customer and distributor agreements.
Mr. Zara’s clients include U.S., foreign and multinational companies and non-profit organizations, as well as individuals, in a diverse range of industries. Mr. Zara often works closely with clients’ management, engineering and production personnel, and as a result, his counsel reflects an understanding of business issues and technical subjects that affect clients’ operations.
• U.S. Trade Representative Requests Further Information on Remedy Recommendations for Imported Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (IRB No. 570) (Dec. 13, 2017)
• U.S. International Trade Commission Vote Indicates U.S. Solar Industry, Markets & Policymakers Should Expect Increased Duties & Quotas on Imported Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (IRB No. 569) (Nov. 8, 2017)
• U.S. Solar Industry and Alternative Energy Markets Await “Global Safeguard” Remedy Recommendations by U.S. International Trade Commission and Remedy Decision by President Trump (IRB No. 565) (Sept. 28, 2017)
• BIS Ends Encryption Registration Requirement and Announces Other Amendments to Encryption Rules (IRB No. 558) (Sept. 30, 2016)
• New US Legislation Authorizes Secondary Sanctions on Foreign Persons and Financial Institutions and Tightens the Screws on the Russian Defense and Energy Sectors (IRB No. 531) (Dec. 17, 2014)
• A Better Way Through the Export Control Thicket, 14 SANTA CLARA J. INT'L L. 47, Stanley J. Marcuss and Michael B. Zara, (2016)
• Advertising at a Glance: "Made in USA Claims" (Oct. 14, 2014)
• U.S. and EU Impose Economic Sanctions In Response to the Crisis in Ukraine (IRB No. 519) (Mar. 7, 2014)
• Enforcement International: the Anti-Bribery Hot Water Just Keeps Getting Hotter (IRB No. 475) (Dec. 10, 2010)
• “How New Bilateral Agreements and the U.S. Response with Anti-dumping Duties, Countervailing Duties and 301 Actions have Changed the Business of International Trade,” Bryan Cave and Mercer University International Trade Seminar, panel presentation (Nov. 7, 2014)