Margaret Gatti represents US and non-US companies, universities, and financial institutions in matters involving economic sanctions, export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), customs and import regulations, free trade agreements, antiboycott regulations (EAR and IRS), anticorruption laws (FCPA and UKBA), anti-money laundering legislation, international commercial sales terms (INCOTERMS), international e-commerce, and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reporting, as well as national security issues.
National security issues include submissions to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
In representing clients, Margaret conducts merger and acquisition due diligence, provides compliance counseling and training, drafts compliance procedures, performs compliance audits, and drafts voluntary disclosures for submission to US government enforcement agencies. Preparing responses to inquiries and subpoenas received from government agencies and representing clients in settlement discussions and debarment or denial proceedings associated with export, import, and sanctions violations are part of her services to clients.
Manufacturers, exporters, importers, and brokers involved in the defense industry turn to Margaret for representation before various regulatory authorities. These authorities include the US Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE); and US Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Margaret was a partner in the corporate practice of a national law firm. Prior to that, she was a senior vice president in the international banking practice at a major US bank, with responsibilities for cross-border lending to the Comecon countries and for international trade financing for US companies.
Margaret is the co-author of a publication on INCOTERMS and has authored many articles dealing with a full range of international trade topics.
Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, 1991, J.D., With Honors
Temple University, 1982, M.B.A.
University of Pennsylvania, 1976, M.A.
Saint Joseph's University, 1974, B.A., Cum Laude
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017)
Export Achievement Award, Mid-Atlantic District Export Court (2007)
New Jersey Business Member of the Year, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (2007)
Chairperson, Mid-Atlantic District Export Council
Member, National Customs House Brokers & Freight Forwarders' Association
Member, Society for International Affairs
Presidential Advisor, World Trade Association of Philadelphia