Francesca regularly counsels clients on compliance with export controls such as The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and other agencies, import regulations administered by Customs, including NAFTA, and anti-boycott compliance requirements. She assists clients in developing internal procedures and compliance manuals, as well as in applying for licenses and regulatory rulings. Her experience also includes conducting internal investigations and audits and assisting clients through the voluntary disclosure of violations.

She regularly advises clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Her experience includes: performing due diligence on agents, consultants, and distributors; advising clients regarding gifts and hospitalities; reviewing potential acquisitions and joint venture partners; and conducting internal investigations of potential FCPA violations and advising clients regarding voluntary disclosure.

Francesca also counsels clients regarding national security issues relevant to acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign acquirers. In particular, she advises clients on the Exon-Florio provisions and related filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). She has represented both U.S. businesses and foreign acquirers before CFIUS.

Her experience includes advising clients on cross-border investments, joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, overseas business registration and reporting requirements, and commercial transactions.

Francesca received an A.B. in anthropology, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 2002, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2006.

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