Christine J. Sohar Henter
Christine Sohar Henter focuses her practice on international trade matters including import restrictions, customs compliance, export controls and international business transactions, based on her extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.
Her import trade practice includes advising clients in import matters, customs compliance and classification, and trade remedy proceedings – including antidumping, countervailing and safeguard proceedings, suspension agreements and Section 332 and 421 investigations – and helping clients navigate the complex rules of international trade agreements, trade legislation and regulations before the Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission and the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, as well as other federal agencies that regulate US imports, such as the US Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture. She has assisted companies with developing import or customs compliance programs, safeguard supplier relations to mitigate risks, and represented US and non-US companies before US government agencies by meeting with officials, drafting and filing submissions, and advising on trade restrictions, US Customs matters, and tariff classification, valuation, marking, country or origin, and other import matters (e.g., Generalized System of Preference proceedings, Qualification for Preference Treatment, and US Import Alerts). Christine has experience litigating these issues before the US Court of International Trade, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court, as well as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dispute settlement panels and bodies.
Her experience in export control regulations includes assisting companies with compliance including classification of encrypted technology and computer products, chemical registration and compliant transactions, and with export licenses under the Commerce Control List of the Export Administration Regulations and the US Munitions List of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. She also counsels on embargoes enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and foreign investment matters before the US Departments of State, Commerce, Defense and Treasury. In addition, Christine has advised US and non-US businesses regarding foreign direct investment in US-based corporations, and has represented clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by conducting due diligence, drafting notices, facilitating clearance of transactions and developing risk mitigation plans for sensitive infrastructure. Christine also counsels companies on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by developing compliance programs, analyzing transactions for potential liability and drafting contracts for agreements with non-US-based representatives.
Prior to joining Squire Sanders, Christine worked extensively in the US government at the US Department of Commerce in the Office of General Counsel for Import Administration, where she represented the US government in dispute settlement proceedings domestically and internationally before WTO and NAFTA panels, and the WTO Appellate Body. Christine also counseled US government officials concerning the implementation and negotiation of international textile trade agreements, working closely with the Office of the US Trade Representative and US Customs and Border Protection. Christine also previously served as a legal adviser for a commissioner and chairman at the US International Trade Commission. Before pursuing her government legal service in Washington DC, she assisted numerous companies in Denver, Colorado with their export business through her work at the Denver US Export Assistance Center.
- Contributor, ABA’s International Legal Developments Year In Review 2012: International Trade.
- Contributor, ABA’s Year in Review 2013: International Trade.
Studium und Ausbildung
University of Denver, J.D., editor, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 2000University of Denver, M.A., International Business Transactions, 2000Miami University, B.A., cum laude, 1996
District of Columbia,
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
U.S. Ct. of International Trade