Ashley Craig, co-chair of Venable’s International Trade Group, maintains a diverse practice advising on a host of domestic and international regulatory compliance concerns. Ashley counsels both U.S. and non-U.S. companies on transactional matters and cross-border legal/regulatory and policy concerns, concentrating on export controls, economic sanctions, technology transfers, Customs compliance, and transport (all modes) regulation. Ashley regularly appears on behalf of clients before executive branch agencies and congressional committees with oversight of global commercial matters, foreign investment, transport/logistics, and economic regulation.
Ashley's practice touches on all matters of corporate governance and related compliance significance, ranging from trade sanctions and export controls to anti-bribery and corruption standards. He approaches corporate compliance with a practical attitude, recognizing the need to understand business priorities, while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance efforts are not overlooked. Ashley's experience includes matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related corruption issues on a global basis and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). His work entails internal investigations, due diligence activities, opinion requests from federal agencies, voluntary self-disclosures, auditing, and compliance training.
Ashley regularly assists clients on U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, on a proactive basis (internal compliance) and before federal agencies (such as the Departments of State, the Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Justice).
Ashley also represents clients before foreign governments and international organizations, such as the European Commission, UK Parliament and ministries, numerous ministries and offices of the People's Republic of China, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Customs Organization.
His relevant legislative experience includes, in part, the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the Trade Act of 2002, and numerous miscellaneous trade and tariff bills (addressing temporary duty elimination/reduction for U.S. importers), as well as implementation regulations before the competent agencies.
Ashley's understanding of the regulatory, legislative, and commercial issues affecting international concerns (such as transport and logistics) translates into practical solutions for those involved with global commerce and trade. Moreover, Ashley's familiarity with the various regulatory agencies that oversee trade, transportation, and homeland security issues ensures clients receive timely advice on issues of importance.