Kara M. Bombach: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kara M. Bombach

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Export Controls
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Global Trade & Investment
  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group
  • Emerging Technology
  • Foreign Corruption Practices Act
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.533.2334
Fax: 202.261.0464
University University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 1995-1996; Cornell University, A.B., 1997; Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., Concentration in International Law, with honors, 2002; Managing Editor, Boston University International Law Journal, 2001-2002; Staff Member, Boston University International Law Journal, 2000-2001
Admitted2002, Maryland; 2003, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, Aerospace and Defense Industries Committee

•Member, National Security Committee

•Vice Chair, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, Section of International Law and Practice (2010-2011)

•Member, Association of Women in International Trade

•Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, International Law Section

•Member, International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Interest Group and Women's Interest Group

•Member, Society for International Affairs

•Outside General Counsel to ALESA (American League for Export and Security Assistance - members include major multinational aerospace and defense companies)

LanguagesFrench; German
BornColumbus, Ohio, October 2, 1974

Kara Bombach assists companies in numerous industries to lawfully export goods, technology and services around the globe. Her international trade practice focuses on compliance with anti-corruption and anti-bribery measures (U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and OECD Convention), export control laws (EAR and ITAR), anti-boycott laws, and special sanctions (embargoes) maintained by the U.S. government (OFAC and other agencies) against various countries (including Iran, Cuba and Sudan), entities and individuals. Ms. Bombach regularly represents clients in foreign trade-related matters before U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury and Defense. She places significant emphasis on helping clients achieve practical, workable solutions to complex regulatory situations.

National and multi-national companies (includingFortune5) have engaged Kara to assist in establishing and maintaining effective trade compliance programs critical to efficient and productive international business operations. Among other things, she regularly counsels clients in designing and implementing global anti-corruption and trade compliance programs, including complex and high impact issues such as compliance assessments and government investigations. She has significant experience advising clients on best practices in the development and delivery of compliance policies and procedures, training, and risk assessments, as well as executing cross-border export, sanctions and anticorruption due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, targeted internal risk assessments, and compliance investigations.

In cases of foreign investment in the United States, Kara advises on the Exon-Florio provisions relating to U.S. national security concerns. She represents companies before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and also assists clients in mitigating foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) as may be required by CFIUS or U.S. national industrial security regulations.

Kara actively writes and presents on export, sanctions and anti-corruption topics, and has been recognized byWashington, DC Super Lawyersfor her involvement in such areas.

Kara currently serves as Outside General Counsel to ALESA (American League for Export and Security Assistance), whose members include major multinational aerospace and defense companies. Through her involvement with ALESA, Ms. Bombach has gained a deep understanding and working knowledge of the issues faced by the aerospace and defense industries.

Areas of Concentration

•Export controls and economic sanctions

•International trade compliance

•Anticorruption compliance

•Regulatory due diligence

•Exon-Florio notifications

Awards & Recognition

•Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine,Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013


•Intern, United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency Headquarters, Vienna, Austria, 1995-1996

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, U.S. Government Announces Significant Changes to Export Controls on Spacecraft and Satellites ,GT Alert, June 2, 2014

•Co-Author, U.S. Sanctions Individuals in Central African Republic ,GT Alert, May 21, 2014

•Author, What Does Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Really Mean? Corporate Compliance Insights, March 31, 2014

•Co-Author, U.S. and EU Respond to Ukraine Crisis with Sanctions ,GT Alert, March 27, 2014

•Quoted, Streamlined Trade Data System May Speed Enforcement ,Law360, February 25, 2014 (Subscription)

•Author, UK Bribery Act Enforcement Is On The Horizon,Law360, February 12, 2013

•Quoted, Going Global: Building Your Team ,The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2011

•Co-Author, Justice Department Beefs Up Foreign Corruption Act Enforcement ,National Defense Magazine, February 2011

•Committee Editor, ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, International Legal Developments in Review: 2010, 45Int'l Law.19 (2011).

•Co-Author, The Long Arm Of the UK Bribery Act ,National Defense Magazine, December 2010

•Co-Author, Contractors Must Take Ownership of Export Control Compliance ,National Defense Magazine, September 2010

•Co-Author, Informing DOD Suppliers Of Export Control Obligations ?Law360, June 30, 2010

•Co-Author, Deals Can Be Derailed by Security Concerns ,National Defense Magazine, August 2009

•Co-Author, ITT Penalties: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime ?National Defense Magazine, June 2007

•Co-Author, Anti-Bribery Enforcement On the Increase Overseas ,National Defense Magazine, August 2006


•Panelist, The Importance of FCPA and Anti-Corruption Risk Assessments, Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast, June 3, 2014

•Speaker, Global impact of US anti-corruption measures, Corporate Compliance with Corruption Laws, Association of Corporate Counsel (Israel), Tel Aviv, Israel, April 30, 2014

•Speaker, U.S. and Israeli Export Control Regulation Seminar, Tel Aviv & Central Israel Chamber of Commerce, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 29, 2014

•Presenter, Resolving Complex Classification Issues, American Conference Institute ITAR Compliance Forum, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2011

•Presenter, CHINA - Tailoring an Export Compliance Program for Your Operations in China: Do's and Don'ts for Balancing US and Local Restrictions, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C., May 24-25, 2011

•Guest Lecturer, Weapons Industry, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, April 20, 2011

•Panelist, FCPA: Practical Perspectives on Compliance American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., April 11, 2011

•Presenter, Don't Let Export Control Violations Ruin Your Deal, Association for Corporate Growth, McLean, VA, April 20, 2010

•Guest Lecturer, Weapons Industry, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, April 12, 2010

•Presenter, Defining and Controlling Technical Data, American Conference Institute's, ITAR Boot Camp, Orlando, FL, October 20, 2009

•Presenter, Using ITAR Licensing Exemptions, American Conference Institute ITAR Boot Camp, Orlando, FL, October 20, 2009

•Panelist, Overseeing Business Overseas, Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter and Greenberg Traurig, Boston, MA, October 17, 2007

Associated News & Events


04.29.13 13 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2013 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

03.09.10 Greenberg Traurig Names New Shareholders in Washington, D.C.

01.01.10 Greenberg Traurig Names New Shareholders and Of Counsel

Published Articles

03.31.14 What Does Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Really Mean?

02.12.13 UK Bribery Act Enforcement is on the Horizon


06.02.14 U.S. Government Announces Significant Changes to Export Controls on Spacecraft and Satellites

05.21.14 U.S. Sanctions Individuals in Central African Republic

03.27.14 U.S. and EU Respond to Ukraine Crisis with Sanctions

02.11.13 The UK's Bribery Act - Enforcement on the Horizon?

11.16.12 DOJ and SEC Release New Guidance on FCPA: More Clarity but Few Bright Lines

08.27.12 U.S. Government Permits New Investment in Burma

08.14.12 Foreign Subsidiaries Now Must Comply with U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

08.08.12 Iran Sanctions Liability May Reach Non-U.S. Subsidiaries in Near Future

10.17.11 Food Exports Allowed to Iran and Sudan Under New General License

04.21.11 Proposed Amendment to ITAR Clarifies Definition of 'Defense Services'

Reported CasesAnti-Corruption/FCPA ; Enhanced global anti-corruption compliance program of Fortune 50 company consistent with elements of effective compliance program under OECD and US DOJ guidelines.; Designed Global Anticorruption Policy and implementing procedures for major multinational retailer.; Conducted in-country risk assessments and compliance program enhancements for U.S. companies' subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, and elsewhere. Export Controls & Economic Sanctions ; Served as outside counsel to The Boeing Company on export controls and economic sanctions matters.; Achieved resolution of multi-agency, multi-year export violation matter for armed security service provider with no monetary or administrative penalties.; Achieved resolution of multi-country OFAC economic sanctions violations disclosure matter, with no monetary or administrative penalties.; Successfully delivered global economic sanctions compliance program enhancements for household brand name food and beverage manufacturer. CFIUS & NISPOM ; Represented Canon Inc. before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for its acquisition of Molecular Imprints, Inc.; Represented AB Volvo before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for the sale of its aerospace business to GKN plc for 700m.; Advised TTM Technologies, Inc. in acquisition of Meadville Holdings, Ltd. printed circuit board business (total transaction value of approximately US$900 million).; Negotiated Special Security Agreement (SSA) with U.S. Department of Defense on behalf of U.S. company acquired by foreign investor.; Prepared, notified and negotiated approval by CFIUS on behalf of U.S. engineering services firm acquired by a UK company.

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U.S. Treasury Raises Bar on Corporate Compliance Obligations
Kara M. Bombach,Cyril T. Brennan, September 1, 2014
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently expanded its guidance for determining whether an entity is considered to be owned by a sanctioned person, and therefore is the target of U.S. economic sanctions (the 50 Percent Rule). The expanded guidance...

U.S. Government Issues new Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions
Kara M. Bombach,Renee A. Latour, August 6, 2014
In July 2014, the U.S. Government announced several rounds of sanctions and export restrictions imposed against certain Russian entities and individuals in response to the current situation in Ukraine. For your reference, review the complete list of sanctioned entities from the Department of...

U.S. Government Announces Significant Changes to Export Controls on Spacecraft and Satellites
Kara M. Bombach,Cyril T. Brennan, June 10, 2014
The U.S. Government has issued changes to its export controls on spacecraft and satellites. The changes will become effective later this year, resulting in the migration of a large number of equipment, parts, components, software, and related technology and services now regulated under the...

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