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Past Event: 4/30/2024
Economic Sanctions Law
Similarities and Differences between the U.S. and French Approach

With a Special Focus on Russia


Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Noon - 1:00 PM EDT

Free Virtual Webinar via Zoom

One general CLE Credit is earned by attorneys licensed in the following states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

Registration Closed

The Philadelphia Chapter of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Philadelphia) was pleased to partner with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, an FACC Senior Corporate Member, where a one-hour discussion focusing on the stakes of navigating the economic sanctions landscape in different jurisdictions, highlighting the similarities and differences between French, European Union, and U.S. sanctions programs with particular reference to comparative perspectives on the enactment and enforcement of sanctions against Russia was presented. 


Daniel B. Pickard, the Chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s International Trade and National Security Practice moderated a discussion between Amanda Wetzel, a Buchanan Associate based in Philadelphia, and Roxane Castro, a Paris-based Partner of Navacelle, a French disputes firm with an international reach focusing on white-collar crime, compliance, investigations, and arbitration.

Amanda and Roxane are U.S. and French nationals respectively, are dually educated in U.S. and French law, and have practiced on both sides of the Atlantic.  Roxane is a current member of the Paris and New York bars, and Amanda is a current member of the Pennsylvania and New York bars. Amanda practiced as a member of the Paris bar while resident in Paris. They have deep experience to share on sanctions law as well as other comparative aspects of French and American law. 


Moderator and Panelists:

• Daniel B. Pickard, International Trade & National Security Practice Group Leader, Buchanan

• Amanda Wetzel, Associate, Buchanan

• Roxane Castro, Partner, Navacelle

Meet the Speakers:


Daniel B. Pickard

International Trade & National Security Practice Group Leader


Dan has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in international trade and national security related matters.  He represents clients in all aspects of international trade law, including trade remedy matters such as antidumping (AD), countervailing duty (CVD), and safeguard investigations. Specifically, Dan helps U.S. manufacturing companies who are losing market share or suffering from decreased profits to obtain relief against unfairly priced imports. He is rated among the nations’ leading international trade lawyers and is a frequent presenter and commentator on U.S. trade policy.

He also has extensive experience in regard to the intersection of international business and national security matters such as U.S. economic sanctions, export controls (including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)), antiboycott measures, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dan provides comprehensive international trade law compliance guidance, including to U.S. and international clients that provide goods and services that may be regulated due to national security reasons. He develops customized and specialized corporate compliance programs related to the FCPA, ITAR, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and mitigating Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) issues. In cases of non-compliance and potential violations, Dan conducts internal investigations and represents clients before the relevant agencies in connection with investigations, voluntary self-disclosures, licensing, and enforcement actions. In addition, clients also often look to Dan for guidance pertaining to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

He routinely appears before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), OFAC, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and International Trade Administration (ITA), the U.S. Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA, formerly the DSS), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.




Amanda Wetzel



Amanda works on commercial and environmental litigation, international trade matters, and white collar criminal defense at Buchanan.

Her litigation practice includes working on antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce and on related litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining Buchanan, Amanda developed her litigation skills at law firms in New York City and Paris, France. Her over ten years of experience in litigation includes accomplishments in international and comparative law. Amanda holds law degrees from the United States, France, and Northern Ireland, and practiced law for four years in Paris. Amanda’s U.S. practice before joining Buchanan focused on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense in federal and state courts. While in France, Amanda focused on international commercial and criminal litigation in the French courts, French and American anti-corruption compliance, and international arbitration.

Amanda completed clerkships in the United States and Europe. She served as a judicial clerk for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami, Florida. Amanda was also the Dean Acheson legal stage at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Her early career also included long-term public interest fellowships during which she worked on several significant litigations before the European Court of Human Rights and worked on treaty law in the United States Senate.




Roxane Castro



Roxane Castro focuses on corporate and regulatory litigation, white collar defense, compliance and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Navacelle, she has been a member of the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) for several years where she worked on insider trading cases, issuer communication and professional misconducts issues. Roxane is also a former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP associate, where she worked on securities and shareholder litigation as well as complex cross-border commercial litigation.

Prior to becoming a member of the Paris and New York Bars, she interned at the Paris office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and at the Chicago office of Chapman and Cutler LLP. Roxane has also been a lecturer at the Paris Bar School and frequently speaks at professional conferences and seminars. She joined Navacelle as Counsel in 2022.

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