Jeremy B. Zucker


Jeremy B. Zucker


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
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Jeremy B. Zucker, co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice, advises clients on international trade regulatory compliance matters, including in relation to anti-bribery (the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)), export controls (the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)), economic sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the anti-money laundering (AML) provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Mr. Zucker is a former member of the Sanctions Subcommittee of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. 

Mr. Zucker advises clients on the application of these laws to current activities and contemplated acquisitions; he also assists in all aspects of managing compliance with these laws: developing corporate compliance programs; conducting risk assessments and compliance audits; leading internal investigations; and representing clients before relevant agencies in connection with license requests, government inquiries, and enforcement proceedings. Mr. Zucker has conducted complex internal investigations in challenging locations across Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. 

Mr. Zucker also has extensive experience advising on national security reviews of foreign direct investment (FDI) by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He has represented foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets in connection with many dozens of investment transactions, and, when necessary and appropriate, he has negotiated national security agreements in order to secure CFIUS approval. Mr. Zucker has testified before the U.S. government regarding development and reform of regulations applicable to reviews of foreign investment and has assisted clients in their provision of commentary regarding the development of regulations giving effect to FIRRMA. In addition, Mr. Zucker advises clients regarding U.S. government surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). 

He has represented clients before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, as well as at the White House. Mr. Zucker also represents companies and individuals regarding audits, investigations, and sanctions proceedings in matters of suspension and debarment before U.S. government and multilateral bodies.

In 2019, Mr. Zucker was named one of the top sanctions lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Global Investigations Review and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US. He was named one of the Top 10 Rising Stars Under 40 in International Trade by Law360 in 2010. 

From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Zucker co-authored the United States chapter of Global Legal Insights - Bribery & Corruption, a book published yearly covering anti-bribery and anti-corruption law in 29 jurisdictions. The publication provides an overview of the law and enforcement regime, enforcement activity during recent years, issues relating to investigation and enforcement decisions, corporate liability, and proposed reforms in the years ahead. In 2015, Mr. Zucker was appointed to the Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

Mr. Zucker chairs Freedom Now, a non-profit, non-governmental and non-partisan organization working to free prisoners of conscience through legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts. Freedom Now has successfully secured the release of prisoners of conscience in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Zucker served as a partner in the international trade and investment practice of a major international law firm. He also previously worked for an investment banking firm in New York, where he structured mergers and acquisitions in Latin America.

  • Conducted an anti-bribery investigation in Brazil on behalf of a publicly-traded medical device company.
  • Conducted an export compliance investigation in China for a publicly-traded high technology company.
  • Negotiated resolution with multiple U.S. government agencies of violations of export controls and economic sanctions by a major Middle Eastern airline.
  • Represented an Asian sovereign wealth fund before the CFIUS in connection with multiple investments in U.S. companies.
  • Represented multiple senior officials of a Russian telecommunications company in connection with a U.S. Government investigation of violations of U.S. anti-bribery laws.
  • Represented multiple senior officials of a major European bank in connection with a U.S. Government investigation of violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
  • Represented companies and individuals in connection with investigations and suspension and debarment matters before the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the World Bank.
  • Provided compliance advice and training to the Asian operations of a major oil and gas company.
  • Conducted an anti-corruption risk assessment and internal investigation for a major global pharmaceutical/life sciences company with respect to operations in China and Russia.
  • Performed an export compliance audit for a subsidiary of a major U.S. defense company.
  • Advising multiple financial services companies regarding compliance with applicable economic sanctions laws.
  • Advising various multinationals with respect to sufficiency of compliance policies and procedures and suggested improvements reflecting risk assessments and global best practices.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Yale University, B.A.
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P.
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
External Articles
  • "Department of Justice Revises Policy on Voluntary Self-Disclosures of Sanctions and Export Violations," ABA Criminal Justice Section’s The State of Criminal Justice 2020 (July 2020).
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Speaking Engagements
  • CFIUS’s New Reach over Real Estate Transactions — ACI 6th National Conference on CFIUS (July 15-16, 2020)
  • How to Forge Synergies Across Your Sanctions, Export, FCPA & AML Programs — ACI 10th Annual New York Forum on Economic Sanctions (December 10-11, 2019) 
  • Decision-Makers Discuss How They Are Making the Toughest, Most Urgent Compliance Calls — ACI Annual Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, National Harbor, MD (November 29, 2018)
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: National Security Reviews of Foreign Investment in the United States — Washington D.C. (September 12, 2018) 
  • Investing Abroad – How to Address US Reviews of Foreign Investments and US Sanctions — Beijing, China (August 2, 2018) 
  • Current Developments Affecting the Fund Industry - San Antonio, TX (March 20, 2018)
  • FCPA Sanctions, AML and Export Controls — ACI Annual Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, National Harbor, MD (November 30, 2017)
  • What Would You Do If...” How to Resolve the Most Complex Sanctions Compliance Scenarios — ACI 3rd Annual Canadian Forum on Economic Sanctions, Toronto, ON (October 25, 2017)
  • OFAC 2.0: A Deep Dive into the Principal Programs, Their Administration, Key Updates for the Trump Era — ACI 3rd Annual Canadian Forum on Economic Sanctions, Toronto, ON (October 23, 2017)
  • Moot Court on the 50% Rule and How to Interpret Ownership and Control —Advanced Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance, Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2017)
  • President Trump's Potential Impact on Business — ACC GNY Signature CLE Program, New York, NY (March 21, 2017) 
  • FCPA Compliance Program Lab, 33rd International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — American Conference Institute, Washington, DC (November 29, 2016)
  • The Economic Sanctions Year in Review — Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance Conference, American Conference Institute, Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2016)
  • International Economic Sanctions: Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges — A CLE program sponsored by Dechert and The Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Philadelphia, PA (March 11, 2015)
  • Industry Perspectives on the Evolving AML, Sanctions, and FCPA Regulatory and Enforcement Paradigms Governing Insurance and Reinsurance Companies — American Conference Institute's 5th Annual Forum on AML and OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry, New York, NY (January 20, 2015)
  • U.S. Regulatory Developments: Lessons Learned and Implications for European Fund and Asset Managers — EFAMA Investment Management Forum, Brussels (November 5, 2014)
  • What Will It Take for Companies to Succeed in the BRICS and What Reforms Are Needed to Bring Renewed Growth — The 2nd Annual “Doing Business with the BRICS” Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2014)
  • An Analysis of Trade Development in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – Corruption and Trade Development — “Doing Business with the BRICS” Conference, Washington, DC (May 20, 2013)
  • Legal Forum: Compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and Economic Sanctions — Investment Company Institute General Membership Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2013)