International Trade Partners Join Dechert in Washington

Dechert has announced that F. Amanda DeBusk and Melissa Duffy have joined the firm as partners in the international trade and government regulation group. Ms. DeBusk will serve as chair of Dechert’s global international trade practice. Both partners join at a time when international trade and sanctions are an increasingly critical component of global business strategy.

“Amanda and Melissa bring substantial breadth and depth of experience, and the unique perspective of a former high ranking trade regulator, to our clients across a range of key industries facing strategic international trade issues,” said Andrew J. Levander, Chair of Dechert’s policy committee. “This premier team can handle the highest stakes contentious cross border disputes on issues that are critically important in this environment. Our combined team’s experience and strategic advice will add real value to nearly every client across our global platform.”

Ms. DeBusk is highly regarded as an authority on the enforcement of export controls and trade compliance. She is the former U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement and represents clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to civil and criminal enforcement, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance, trade remedies and customs.

Ms. DeBusk and Ms. Duffy both focus on matters relating to export controls, trade sanctions and trade remedies for clients in technology, banking, energy, manufacturing, defense, electronics, automotive, telecommunications, aerospace and agriculture.

“Dechert presents a fantastic opportunity, and Melissa and I are thrilled to join the international trade team,” said Ms. DeBusk. “This platform enables us to continue to lead and advise clients on issues that are strategically the most important to them.”

Ms. DeBusk holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from the University of Richmond. Ms. Duffy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Principia College.