Key Experience

  • Focuses on economic sanctions, European Union (EU) Export Controls for dual-use and military products and technologies, other areas of trade regulation, and anticorruption and anti-money laundering compliance.
  • Has particular experience regarding Russia and the Middle East.
  • Advises a range of multinationals on EU and United Nations (U.N.) sanctions compliance for countries including Iran, Russia and Syria.

Practice

Jasper Helder’s practice focuses on international trade and corporate compliance matters addressing economic sanctions, export controls, customs, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. He also advises on other aspects of trade regulation, including customs matters, trade remedies, free trade agreements and rules of origin.

Representative Work

  • For a multinational company, conducted an internal investigation into potential breaches of EU and U.S. sanctions against Crimea in four separate countries. Leveraged an understanding of the mechanics of global commodity trading and shipping practices to efficiently run the investigation and present arguments to mitigate the client’s exposure.
  • For an Asia-based multinational facing potential closure of a facility, secured a unique customs license from the EU to negate antidumping duties for processed steel. Assisted the client in a coordinated lobby effort, which secured the majority vote of EU countries in favor of the license.
  • Conducted effective remediation related to potential exposure for breaches of U.S., U.K. and other export controls in relation to military technology. Through deep understanding of the global business of the client and seamless cooperation between the firm’s U.K./EU and U.S. trade lawyers, secured continuity of licenses and business operations for the client.
  • In a matter involving the potential application of Dutch and EU export control rules on the brokering of dual-use items, employed an innovative application and interpretation of rules and advocacy before Dutch export controls authorities. At issue was a threat to the company’s supply chain and sales for Europe, the Middle East and the CIS countries. Authorities ultimately accepted that the brokering controls do not apply to those operations.
  • Provided comprehensive advice on exposure in five separate jurisdictions on potential exposure and available remedies to asset laundering liabilities. The asset the client wished to acquire had allegedly been obtained by the sellers via corrupt means. After interaction with the U.K. authorities, client obtained a defense against potential liability, enabling continued negotiations for acquisition of the asset.

Public Service and Affiliations

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Languages

Dutch
English
French
German