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Arent Fox Adds Customs and Trade Law Partner in New York

Arent Fox is pleased to announce the expansion of its International Trade & Investment practice with the addition of customs and trade law Partner Angela M. Santos in the firm’s New York office.

Angela counsels clients on compliance with federal regulations involving the importation of merchandise. In particular, she helps companies identify business solutions and structure their transactions to facilitate the importation of merchandise, ensure regulatory compliance, minimize duties, and eliminate Customs penalty exposure.

“We are excited to welcome Angela to Arent Fox,” said International Trade & Investment Leader Kay C. Georgi. “Angela joins our experienced team of attorneys and network of foreign correspondent counsel who help clients navigate everything from customs and import compliance to global trade policy to sanctions and more. This is a critical time for our clients, and Angela will be a terrific advocate.”

Angela’s Experience

  • Angela’s focus includes advising clients on compliance issues involving rules governing the importation of merchandise issued by  US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) and other government agencies (including the Fish and Wildlife Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative). She represents importers, manufacturers, agents, Customs brokers, freight forwarders, bonded warehouses, and trading companies in various industries such as fashion, consumer products, electronics, food and drug, and cosmetics.
  • Angela helps clients manage Customs audits, respond to Customs inquiries and investigations, secure the release of detained or seized goods, mitigate or eliminate Customs penalties, and submit prior disclosures, where necessary. She has represented clients in False Claims Act investigations, FBI and ICE investigations, and in litigation in the Court of International Trade.
  • Angela advises clients on the development of internal import compliance programs and manuals to reduce the risk of Customs liability. She evaluates client’s supply chains and assists with the implementation of forced labor compliance programs. Angela responds to Custom questionnaires and prepares petitions for the release of merchandise detained in connection with forced labor  Withhold Release Orders.
  • She has extensive experience with strategies to mitigate the effects of Section 301 duties as well as the implementation of duty savings programs including First Sale and Buying Agency and eligibility for Free Trade Agreements.
  • Before joining Arent Fox, Angela was a partner at an international boutique law firm dedicated to the Customs and Trade practice. She also worked in Finance at an Energy Trading Software company prior to her legal career.

International Trade & Investment

Arent Fox’s International Trade & Investment Practice advises clients on customs/import compliance, global trade policy, international trade litigation, export controls and sanctions, and international anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. 

About Arent Fox
Founded in 1942, Arent Fox is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and the law intersect. With more than 450 lawyers and professionals, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to a global roster of corporations, governments, and trade associations.

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