Alexandre (Alex) Lamy joined Baker McKenzie in 2009 and currently works in the Firm's International Trade Practice Group. He assists clients with sanctions and export controls (Export Administration Regulations (EAR); International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)) and he advises clients on corporate compliance matters. Alex contributes regularly to Baker McKenzie's Sanctions & Export Controls Update blog.
Alex has been the sole US winner of the Lexology Client Choice Award for the "Trade & Customs" category in 2021 and 2022. He was recognized in Who's Who Legal 2022 Edition of its Global Guide to Trade & Customs Lawyers "for his outstanding performance facilitating clients on sanctions, export controls and compliance checks." In 2020, the same publication recognized Alex as a "leading individual" in North America on International Sanctions and the publication reported that he "attracts applause for delivering 'a practical service which understands the needs of the business'. His 'ready availability to clients, thorough research and strong presentation skills' are further acclaimed." He was also recognized in the 2019 Edition of the same publication as being "much sought after by clients who praise his 'advice of the highest quality' and add, 'He is technically very good on OFAC sanctions issues and military/dual use export controls.'" Finally, Alex was named by Financier Worldwide in “POWER PLAYERS: International Trade & Sanctions 2021 - Distinguished Advisers."
Between August 2021 and August 2023, Alex was the co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee. Prior to that appointment, he served on the steering group and as a Vice Chair of the Committee, starting back in August 2011. Alex has organized multiple events regarding recent developments in US trade sanctions and export controls for the Committee.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advise companies on various compliance issues related to sanctions programs administered and enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including US sanctions targeting Russia/Crimea, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List, Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List, and Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs).
- Counsel companies on compliance with US secondary sanctions including those targeting Russia/Crimea, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.
- Advise companies on compliance with US export controls under the ITAR and EAR.
- Negotiated with OFAC to have US sanctions lifted from Nynas AB (2020).
- Negotiated with OFAC and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to reach a global enforcement settlement involving apparent violations of US sanctions targeting Iran by US and UAE subsidiaries of a European company (2021).
- Negotiated with BIS to reach an enforcement settlement involving apparent violations of US export controls by the US subsidiary of a European company (2020).
- Negotiated with OFAC to reach an enforcement settlement involving apparent violations of US sanctions targeting Iran by a Turkish subsidiary of a US-based company, which involved the first designation of a Foreign Sanctions Evader as part of the enforcement resolution (2019).
- Advise European bank on Russia sanctions investigations conducted by OFAC and US Department of Justice.
- Conduct investigations into sanctions and export-control compliance for US and non-US companies.
- Counsel companies on the implications of US sanctions and export controls related measures in non-US acquisitions.
- Assist companies regarding responses to various US state divestment measures related to Iran, Sudan, and Cuba.
- Provide compliance advice to companies with respect to US export controls and trade sanctions, including drafting and submitting license applications and classification requests to OFAC, BIS, and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).
- Advise clients on preparing and drafting disclosures to OFAC, BIS, and DDTC.
- Conduct gap assessments of compliance programs with respect to sanctions and export controls.
- Counsel clients on submissions to the US Government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (aka CFIUS) with respect to the acquisition of US enterprises by non-US interests, including changes resulting from the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (aka FIRRMA).
- Lexology Client Choice Award 2021 & 2022 for the "Trade & Customs" category (US sole winner)
- Recognized in Who's Who Legal's Global Guide to Trade & Customs Lawyers - International Sanctions (2019-2022)
- Recognized by Financier Worldwide in "POWER PLAYERS: International Trade & Sanctions 2021 - Distinguished Advisers"
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association - Member
- Virginia State Bar Association - Member
- District of Columbia Bar - Member
- District of Columbia~United States (2010)
- Virginia~United States (2009)
- University of Virginia School of Law (JD) (2009)
- Claremont McKenna College (BA, magna cum laude) (2000)
- Co-author, "US Sanction Investigations Journey Through Agencies and Courts," Bloomberg Law, 5 September 2023
- Co-author, "Minimizing Discrimination Risks in Export Control Compliance," Law360, 16 May 2023
- Author, "Demystifying OFAC and BIS Civil Settlement Negotiations," Law360, 13 September 2022
- Author, "OFAC Should Issue SDN Payment Licenses that Don't Expire," Law360, 21 April 2021
- Author, "A New Approach To OFAC's Rejected-Transactions Reporting," Law360, 21 May 2020
- Co-author, "Anatomy of an export control investigation," in The Export Compliance Manager's Handbook (WorldECR), 2d ed., 2020