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Maura Rezendes

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Maura Rezendes

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Maura advises clients – financial institutions and corporates alike – on a wide range of matters implicating economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), foreign investment in the United States regulated by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, anti-corruption, and money laundering. Maura’s practice is multidisciplinary and includes regulatory compliance advice and counseling, transactional support, investigations and enforcement, as well as frequent agency-facing work including before OFAC, CFIUS, and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in connection with licensing, enforcement, regulatory approvals, and a spectrum of other related matters.

Maura’s experience includes advising clients on regulatory compliance in the transactional, trade, and financing contexts, including evaluation and development of compliance policies and programs, as well as training. She also has broad experience in conducting and defending investigations and enforcement actions related to OFAC-administered economic sanctions, and other U.S. Government-administered regulatory schemes related to anti-corruption and anti-bribery. Maura routinely represents clients in matters before OFAC in the licensing as well as the investigation and enforcement contexts. Further, she advises clients on the national security aspects of foreign investment in the United States, engages with CFIUS on related matters, and prepares CFIUS notices in connection with transactions implicating the Committee’s jurisdiction.

Prior to joining Allen & Overy, Maura was a Chief in OFAC’s Office of Enforcement where she led investigations of potential violations of OFAC-administered economic sanctions and pursued administrative enforcement actions in cases related to international finance and trade. Maura also spent many years in private practice handling a wide array of regulatory matters related to economic sanctions and export controls, as well as white-collar and other defense matters.

Maura Rezendes is always extremely responsive, providing constructive advice which is right on point.” 
CHAMBERS USA 2019 (Export Controls and Economic Sanctions)

News & insights

Publications: 18 JULY 2019

U.S. continues aggressive sanctions and anti-money laundering enforcement against non-U.S. banks

When assessing anti-money laundering risk and exposure, global financial institutions should be mindful of the complex landscape and assertions of broad authority by U.S. authorities and banking regulators. A multinational financial institution with a U.S. branch may find its worldwide activities scrutinized by U.S. banking regulators even if its branch does not service those activities, and what’s more, even without a U.S. branch, a bank may still have civil or criminal U.S. exposure for payments cleared in the United States.

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Publications: 22 NOVEMBER 2018

CFIUS Creates New Pilot Program for Mandatory Declarations

On August 13, 2018, Congress expanded the authority of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review certain transactions resulting in non-US control of US assets, businesses or technologies.

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Publications: 16 AUGUST 2018

US (Re-)Imposes Far-Reaching Sanctions With Respect to Iran

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Publications: 15 AUGUST 2018

Dealmakers Beware: Trump Expands CFIUS’ Reach

​On August 13, 2018, President Donald Trump expanded the powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review foreign investments in the United States by signing into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) as incorporated in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA)[1].  FIRRMA largely codifies certain CFIUS practices of the past several years and formally expands CFIUS’ operational mandate.  Many provisions of FIRRMA became effective upon enactment through the President’s signature; others will come into effect within the next 18 months.  Cross-border deal makers and transaction advisors should make certain that they understand CFIUS’ expanded authority and how it might impact contemplated transactions.

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Office

Washington, D.C.

Allen & Overy LLP
1101 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
20005

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the District of Columbia, 2003

Admitted: Bar of the State of Maryland, 2001

Academic

J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2001 

B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1997