Press Release

Morgan Lewis Expands International Trade Capabilities in Washington and Philadelphia

November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2011: Morgan Lewis today announced the addition of Margaret M. Gatti—an international banker turned international trade practitioner and current chairperson of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council—as a partner, resident in Washington and Philadelphia. She brings more than 20 years of experience advising U.S. and non-U.S. clients in the full range of international trade, national security, and U.S. government contract matters.

"For two decades, clients have relied on Margaret to help them address complex international trade issues both proactively—through compliance counseling and training—and in instances requiring disclosures, corrective actions, settlement negotiations, and debarment proceedings," noted Scott A. Stempel, leader of the Antitrust practice at Morgan Lewis. "Her business acumen, paired with her experience on exports and customs, government contracts, as well as national security issues will be a winning combination for our clients."

Ms. Gatti's practice encompasses export control and customs law, embargoed country regulations, international tax and trade law, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. Her international trade practice includes export control regulations, embargoed country regulations, customs law, free trade agreements, anticorruption laws, INCOTERMS, and international commercial transactions. Ms. Gatti serves as co-counsel for the National Council on International Trade Development.

Ms. Gatti also represents manufacturers, exporters, importers, and brokers involved in the defense industry before the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); the U. S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE). She frequently assesses export control jurisdiction for exported products, determines the appropriate U.S. Munitions List Categories and Export Control Classification Numbers, and drafts Commodity Jurisdiction Requests to the DDTC and Classification Requests to the BIS.

In addition to her work in the international arena, Ms. Gatti maintains a corporate practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and corporate governance matters.