Susan Kovarovics is the leader of the International Trade Practice Group. She has more than 20 years of experience providing practical solutions to legal and compliance issues. Susan counsels U.S. and non-U.S. private and publicly held companies in a variety of industries, including aerospace, agribusiness, consumer electronics, defense, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing and national security. Her practice has a specific focus on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. antiboycott laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Susan leverages this specialized experience to play a vital role in M&A transactions, helping her clients conduct due diligence and evaluate risk related to export and sanctions compliance, antiboycott, and anti-corruption matters.
By working with her clients to minimize hurdles, Susan is able to structure compliance programs that integrate the policies into the business, making it routine and not a hindrance. She counsels her clients on day-to-day compliance and strongly advocates on their behalf when an enforcement action is brought against them, collaborating with them to right the ship through internal audits and investigations. Her goal is to partner with each client to provide value and move the business forward.
Susan is a contributing author to the Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2019 publication - an extensive collection of articles around the themes of investigations. financial crime, digital, markets, supervision and governance.
Ms. Kovarovics frequently presents on topics related to her practice. Recent engagements include: