Johann Strauss is an associate in the international trade practice. Mr. Strauss regularly advises clients on compliance with sanctions, export controls, and anticorruption laws and regulations, including economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), trade controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Strauss also routinely advises public and private sector clients on public international law matters, particularly in the area of dispute resolution under bilateral and multilateral treaties.
Mr. Strauss works with clients across a range of sectors and industries, including aerospace and defense, cybersecurity, financial services, health care, energy, metals and mining, automotive, shipping, and freight forwarding. He also maintains an active pro bono practice which includes representing refugees seeking asylum in the United States and assisting governments developing policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
Mr. Strauss received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the New York University Law Review, a board member of the Latino Law Students Association and a Ford Foundation fellow. He earned a B.A. in international relations and an M.A. in Latin American studies from Stanford University.
Mr. Strauss has advised clients on the following representative matters:
- Impact of U.S. sanctions and export control laws on transactions that intersect with individuals and entities connected to Iran, Sudan, Russia, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela;
- Implementation of technology tools to facilitate international trade compliance, such as through denied party screening and automated systems for the classification of hardware, technology, and software on the U.S. Munitions List and the Commerce Control List;
- Due diligence investigations and risk assessments related to sanctions, export control, and anticorruption compliance;
- Negotiating sanctions compliance terms in loan facility agreements and sale/distribution contracts;
- Development of company-specific policies, procedures, and training materials to safeguard against trade-related risks;
- Drafting voluntary disclosures of sanctions violations for submission to U.S. government agencies;
- Strategy and response to state investment funds threatening to divest from public companies due to Iran-related business activities;
- Serving on behalf of a leading U.S. tire manufacturer in investment claims brought against Panama under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement; and
- Advising government ministries on public international law obligations arising from bilateral and multilateral treaties and international conventions.