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 Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & Global Anti-Corruption
  • Global - Africa Practice
  • Global - Europe Practice
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
•Steering Committee, Aerospace & Defense Industries Committee, Section of International Law and Practice (2014-2015)
•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 (including Fortune 5) 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 by Washington, DC Super Lawyers for 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 Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

09.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Maher Represents Rentokil Initial plc on its Acquisition of The Steritech Group, Inc. for US$425 Million
10.08.14 Greenberg Traurig's Kara Bombach Speaks at International Stability Operations Association Summit
04.29.13 12 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

10.07.15 Iran Sanctions: Opportunities and Challenges
02.14.15 OFAC Enforcement and Compliance
03.31.14 What Does Anti-Corruption Due Diligence Really Mean?
02.12.13 UK Bribery Act Enforcement is on the Horizon


01.18.16 Iran Deal is Implemented: U.S. and EU Remove Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran
12.18.15 FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba
12.17.15 U.S. Sanctions Mexican Executive, Airline, and Newspaper Tied to Drug Trafficking Organization
11.25.15 U.S. Imposes Burundi Sanctions
10.29.15 U.S. Authorizes Transactions with Certain Belarusian Entities
10.23.15 U.S. Sanctions Scuttle Honduran Bank, Raise Compliance Stakes
10.21.15 Next Step in Iran Deal: Adoption Day requires JCPOA implementation
09.22.15 U.S. Allows Additional Trade and Business with Cuba
08.03.15 Franchising in Cuba - The Next Frontier?
07.23.15 Iran Deal Delivered to U.S. Congress and U.N. Resolution Issued

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, U.S. Authorizes Transactions with Certain Belarusian Entities, GT Alert, October 29, 2015
•Co-Author, Next Step in Iran Deal: Adoption Day requires JCPOA Implementation, GT Alert, October 21, 2015
•Co-Author, Cuba Removed from U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism List, GT Alert, June 1, 2015
•Co-Author, U.S. Treasury & Commerce Departments Issue New Crimea Authorizations and Clarifications, GT Alert, May 23, 2015
•Co-Author, Cuba to Be Removed from U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism List, GT Alert, April 14, 2015
•Contributor, U.S. and EU Achieve Framework for Deal in Iran Nuclear Talks, GT Alert, April 2, 2015
•Quoted, OFAC Enforcement and Compliance, Risk & Compliance, January-March 2015
•Contributor, U.S. Imposes Additional Targeted Ukraine-related Sanctions, GT Alert, March 11, 2015
•Co-Author, U.S. Allows Additional Trade with Cuba, GT Alert, January 16, 2015
•Quoted, Compliance Remedies for New Sanctions Headaches, Compliance Week, January 13, 2015
•Contributor, U.S. Commerce Department Revives Previously Dormant Form BE-13 (Foreign Direct Investment Reporting Requirement), GT Alert, January 9, 2015
•Contributor, U.S. Imposes Targeted Sanctions on North Korea - Additional Sanctions Expected, GT Alert, January 2, 2015
•Co-Author, U.S. Imposes Sweeping Sanctions on Crimea, GT Alert, December 22, 2014
•Co-Author, President Obama Signs Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions Legislation, GT Alert, December 19, 2014
•Co-Author, U.S. Government to Expand Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions, GT Alert, December 18, 2014
•Co-Author, U.S. and EU Announce Latest Ukraine-related and Russia Sanctions, GT Alert, October 9, 2014
•Co-Author, U.S. Treasury Raises Bar on Corporate Compliance Obligations, GT Alert, August 25, 2014
•Co-Author, U.S. Government Issues new Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions, GT Alert, August 5, 2014
•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, The UK Bribery Act Enforcement is on the Horizon, Law360, February 12, 2013
•Co-Author, DOJ and SEC Release New Guidance on FCPA: More Clarity but Few Bright Lines, GT Alert, November 16, 2012
•Co-Author, U.S. Government Permits New Investment in Burma, GT Alert, August 27, 2012
•Co-Author, Foreign Subsidiaries Now Must Comply with U.S. Sanctions Against Iran, GT Alert, August 14, 2012
•Co-Author, Iran Sanctions Liability May Reach Non-U.S. Subsidiaries in Near Future, GT Alert, August 8, 2012
•Quoted, Going Global: Building Your Team, The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2011
•Co-Author, Food Exports Allowed to Iran and Sudan Under New General License, GT Alert, October 17, 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, 45 Int'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, Iran Sanctions: Opportunities and Challenges, Risk & Compliance,October 7, 2015
•Presenter, Economic Sanctions: Hot Topics for 2015 and Beyond, The Knowledge Group, April 30, 2015
•Panelist, Managing Bribery and Sanctions Risks in Austere Environments, International Stability Operations Association's Annual Summit, Washington D.C., October 9, 2014
•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


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

Reported CasesSignificant Representations Anti-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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The Next Modest Wave of Cuba Thaw—U.S. Eases Restrictions on Exports, Export Trade Financing, and Artistic Productions
Kara M. Bombach,Cyril T. Brennan,Yosbel A. Ibarra,Sandra K. Jorgensen, February 5, 2016
On Jan. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) once again amended the existing Cuban Assets Control Regulations (Cuba Sanctions Regulations) to open the door for further U.S. engagement with Cuba. The amendments remove certain restrictions on...

Iran Deal is Implemented: U.S. and EU Remove Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran
Kara M. Bombach,Cyril T. Brennan,Sandra K. Jorgensen,Erik de Bie, February 2, 2016
Jan. 16, 2016 marked “Implementation Day” of the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the U.S. initiated the removal of its nuclear-related sanctions against Iran and the EU removed the majority of its existing Iran-related sanctions. The final precondition to...

FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba
Kara M. Bombach,Mitchell F. Brecher,Cyril T. Brennan, January 6, 2016
On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List. If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based...

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