Mary I. Edquist

Associate - McDonald Hopkins

medquist@mcdonaldhopkins.com
PHONE 216.348.5415

Mary is an associate in the Business Department. Mary focuses primarily on general business counseling, particularly in the areas of international trade, regulatory compliance, and government contracts. Her experience includes handling international transactions, export control and compliance matters, national security issues, government disclosures, internal investigations and bid protests.

Mary assists clients in their efforts to enhance corporate compliance with U.S. international trade laws such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as economic sanctions regimes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). She has a strong background in the complex world of export control, helping companies correctly classify their products and obtain export registrations, licenses and agreements administered by the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). She also counsels businesses concerning the intricacies of U.S. Customs regulations such as the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and she helps clients navigate SEC reporting requirements. Mary also helps companies benefit from and comply with national security initiatives administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (ICE), such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Importer Security Filing (ISF), and the E-Verify program.

Mary represents companies involved in bid protests and government contract disputes, and she provides advice concerning corporate obligations under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR). She also counsels businesses on government procurement matters, including government contracting requirements imposed by federal and state law. She helps companies negotiate government contracts with various federal, state and local agencies, establish teaming, joint-venture and mentor-protégé agreements with partners, and deal with the legal intricacies of prime and subcontractor relationships.

Mary advises businesses that are working to reduce regulatory risks and liabilities by developing and improving their international trade, anti-corruption, anti-terrorism, and anti-money laundering compliance policies, procedures and training efforts. She likewise handles corporate investigations of potential regulatory violations and represents clients dealing with government-imposed fines, penalties, forfeitures, seizures, and audits, helping companies file disclosures and negotiate resolutions with government agencies.

Mary earned a J.D. from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2007 and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. She received an M.A. from the University of Denver’s Joseph Korbel School of International Studies in 2007 and a B.A. from Cornell University in 2004.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Assisted a global manufacturer with regard to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations arising out of sales of products in South Korea, China and Singapore.
  • Advised manufacturer of night vision equipment on export licensing matters and assisted client in registering with and obtaining licenses from appropriate federal agencies to obtain export licenses.
  • Assisted numerous clients concerning determination of export licensing requirements for their products and assisted clients in preparation of license applications, Technical Assistance Agreements (TAAs) and Manufacturing License Agreements (MLAs) when needed.
  • Provided training sessions/programs to management, sales and marketing employees of global manufacturer regarding EU competition laws, FCPA compliance, antiboycott laws and U.S. economic sanctions.
  • Advised multiple clients in matters arising out of U.S. economic sanctions against various countries, including Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, and Sudan.
  • Advised multiple clients in matters raising potential issues under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Assisted numerous foreign purchasers of U.S. companies, as well as multiple U.S. companies selling to foreign buyers, with preparing and filing voluntary notices to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).
  • Advised several foreign purchasers concerning the negotiation of agreements with Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and Department of Defense (DOD) to mitigate Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI) and enable acquisition of U.S. companies and assets.
  • Advised several U.S. defense contractors concerning compliance with Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) regulations and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR).
  • Prepared export compliance manuals and policies for multiple clients containing practical guidance for employees concerning application and requirements of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, and related executive orders.
  • Assisted global manufacturer with preparation of voluntary disclosure to U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regarding violation of antiboycott laws.
  • Advised aircraft parts manufacturer concerning effect of President’s Export Control Reform Initiative and impact of regulatory changes on the export classifications of its products.
  • Prepared International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) compliance training materials and gave presentations to company employees and executives regarding same.
  • Assisted international logistics provider with preparation of voluntary disclosure to U.S. department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regarding violation of Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • Assisted global defense manufacturer in preparation of consent agreement with U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) stemming from International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations.
  • Supervised internal investigation and prepared resultant voluntary disclosure by international retail goods provider to U.S. Census Bureau concerning violations of Automated Export System (AES) filing requirements under Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).
  • Assisted client with internal investigation of potential violations of federal and state customs regulations governing the importation of products derived from endangered and threatened wildlife species.
  • Conducted internal investigation of violations of U.S. economic sanctions by global NYSE listed company; prepared voluntary disclosure to U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regarding same.
  • Advised multiple clients concerning violations of International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations and prepared voluntary disclosures to U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in order to obtain reduced penalties and fines.
  • Assisted several domestic companies in filing required notices with U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) concerning their mergers, acquisitions and divestments to foreign buyers.
  • Advised manufacturer of nuclear components and parts concerning application of regulations governed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and assisted client in obtaining necessary licenses and export authorizations.
  • Advised importer of Mexican goods concerning Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program requirements and steps needed to obtain Fast and Secure Trade (FAST) lane access.