Dechert has added an international trade attorney to help expand the practice's Washington footprint.
Jeremy Zucker, formerly a partner with Hogan Lovells, joins Dechert with the same title. He focuses his practice on five main aspects of international trade: economic sanctions, export controls, anti-bribery compliance, anti-money laundering compliance, and the national security reviews of foreign direct investment in the United States.
"All five of these areas are viewed by U.S. government policy makers and enforcement authorities as elements of the country's overall approach to protecting our international security," Zucker said in an interview. "Since 9/11 there has been robust attention paid to these areas and significant enforcement such that awareness is higher than it has ever been among companies in the U.S. and around the world."
Zucker said he looks forward to helping build out the firm's domestic presence in international trade to complement its existing practice in Europe. "I'm here to start building a free-standing international trade practice," he said.
In addition to his work in international trade, Zucker is also the co-founder of Freedom Now, a U.S. nonprofit that works to free non-violent prisoners of conscience through legal, PR and political efforts. Among the many prisoners that Freedom Now represent are Liu Xiaobo from China, the only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Zucker has helped recruit attorneys from a number of firms to help represent these prisoners pro bono and hopes to expand by recruiting others at his new firm. "I'm excited about introducing Freedom Now to Dechert and making use of the firm's global platform," he said.