Brandt Pasco focuses his practice on government regulation related to national security, including export controls, foreign acquisitions of US businesses and the National Industrial Security Program.
Prior to joining the firm, Brandt was a founding member of the National Security Council Task Force on Export Control Reform. The Task Force proposal, which is currently being implemented, is the most sweeping change to export controls in a generation. He is a member of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the Department of Commerce on changes to export control regulations.
With his deep background in export control issues, Brandt advises clients on licensing; classification and commodity jurisdiction, including appeals of commodity jurisdiction determinations; compliance; and voluntary disclosures. In the merger and acquisition context, he helps clients understand the regulatory impact on market access and valuation of targets, and provides due diligence reviews of compliance programs.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions
Brandt counsels corporate and not-for-profit clients on OFAC sanctions programs, including the design of compliance programs for both U.S. and foreign entities, licensing, and voluntary disclosures.
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
Brandt was Deputy Director for Finance and Investment Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was responsible for Homeland Security’s role in redrafting the regulatory underpinnings of CFIUS, and has managed many cases through the CFIUS process.
National Industrial Security Program
Brandt counsels clients on foreign ownership, control and influence (FOCI) mitigation for performance on U.S. Government contracts, and other Defense Security Service requirements for industrial security.
Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Full spectrum representation frequently requires advice on legislative matters, consultation with regulatory authorities or help with political strategies. With a background on Capitol Hill and the executive branch, Brandt helps clients plot a successful course in government relations.
In addition to the Department of Defense and DHS, Brandt worked for Senator Nancy Kassebaum, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Representatives Mark Sanford and Vince Snowbarger, Dole for President, the Republican National Committee and the Bush-Cheney Transition Team.