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WASHINGTON (May 2024) – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is expanding its Washington, D.C. office with the addition of Keil Ritterpusch. He joins the International Trade and National Security practice group as a shareholder. He has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in international trade, national security, and corporate and government investigation matters. He represents clients in all matters related to the U.S. export control laws and regulations and the U.S. laws and regulations related to economic and trade sanctions.

Ritterpusch serves clients in the defense, aerospace, high technology, encryption, computer, electronic device, software, medical, and private equity industries. He provides export compliance counsel in the context of acquisitions, investments, and divestitures involving foreign companies and export-regulated technologies, economic embargoes and sanctions, and supply chain security and compliance.

At the core of his expertise is an extensive knowledge of export jurisdiction and classifications for virtually all commodities that are regulated by the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Ritterpusch assists clients with the formation or revision and implementation of compliance programs to ensure that the clients have the appropriate systems in place for complying with the ITAR, EAR, Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), other foreign country bribery requirements, and anti-boycott rules of the Department of Commerce. He supports clients through various requirements related to cybersecurity and general corporate compliance.

As part of his representation of clients in relation to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, Ritterpusch has provided counsel on the requirements of the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) for foreign investments in key U.S. industries and the CFIUS clearance process.  He has led detailed export jurisdictional and classification assessments for an array of proposed investments of foreign interests into U.S. companies and shepherded cases through the review process with the U.S. Department of State and CFIUS. 

“The International Trade and National Security practice group continues to expand and Keil is a significant addition to our bench,” said Daniel Pickard, shareholder and leader of the practice group. “His focus on issues and strategies related to export control and economic sanctions, specifically ITAR and CFIUS compliance, will bolster our trade practice and will continue to deliver exceptional value for clients.”

“Buchanan has built an impressive international trade and national security practice in a short time, and I’m thrilled to have joined the group,” said Ritterpusch. “With a full service, national platform and a team of expert professionals across virtually all legal and government relations practice areas, Buchanan offers an exceptional breadth of valuable services to all of my clients.”