Shiva Aminian is a member of the international trade practice.

Practice & Background

Ms. Aminian’s practice focuses on international trade, with an emphasis on U.S. export controls, sanctions, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and trade policy. Ms. Aminian counsels clients on compliance issues, as well as internal investigations involving alleged criminal and civil breaches of U.S. trade control laws. She has experience representing clients in matters involving grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions, as well as subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Ms. Aminian has also represented clients in internal investigations involving alleged breaches of the FCPA and allegations of corruption by the World Bank against companies. In addition, she has led internal investigations in both U.S. and international locations involving potential breaches of U.S. export control regulations and has drafted numerous voluntary disclosures to the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.

Apart from internal investigations, Ms. Aminian has counseled clients on compliance with U.S. export control regulations, specifically the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. She has extensive experience working on-site at aerospace companies and structuring compliance programs, including initiatives involving the export control jurisdiction and classification of legacy products. Ms. Aminian has broad experience drafting commodity jurisdiction requests and counseling clients on complex issues involving licensing and the extraterritorial reach of U.S. trade controls. In addition, she has structured and conducted numerous audits of compliance programs, at both U.S. and international facilities. Ms. Aminian has also represented investors and underwriters on U.S. trade controls due diligence in the context of acquisition and financial deals.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Aminian was an associate at another international law firm. She clerked at D.C. Superior Court for the Honorable Judith Bartnoff.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “How Cloud Suppliers and Purchasers Can Approach Liability Risk and Compliance over the Contract Life Cycle,” ACI’s 8th Advanced Industry Forum on Global Encryption, Cloud and Cybersecurity Controls, San Francisco, CA, March 27, 2018
  • Speaker, “Inside The Latest Cases: U.S. and Canadian Case Law, Enforcement, and Investigations – What Lessons Can Be Learned?,” U.S. Export & Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations, Toronto, ON, Canada January 30 - 31, 2018
  • Panelist, “Export Controls Roadmap – Who Does What? The Key Agencies, Their Roles, Jurisdictions – and How to Communicate Effectively with the Agencies," EAR Boot Camp, San Diego, CA, May 23, 2017
  • Panelist, “Building a World-Class Trade & Export Compliance Program,” NielsonSmith’s EU Trade Controls for North American Companies 2016, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2016
  • Panelist, “How to Define an ‘Export’ in the Context of Cloud Computing: The Latest on Proposed Changes Impacting Transfers of Encryption Software,” ACI’s 6th Advanced Industry Forum on Global Encryption Controls, San Francisco, CA, March 31, 2016
  • “Building an Effective Third Party Management Program for Your Global Organization,” ACI’s Third Party Due Diligence & Monitoring for New and Existing Partners, San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2015
  • “Controlling Access to EAR and ITAR-Controlled Data on Servers, Laptops, Emails, Mobile Devices and Cloud Networks: How to Reduce New, Emerging Technology Transfer Risks,” ACI’s U.S. Export and Re-Export Compliance, Toronto, ON, Canada, January 27-28, 2015