Ronald A. Oleynik

Partner
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Ronald A. Oleynik is a partner practicing in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office in the area of international trade regulation. His experience includes a broad range of industrial security, customs, export and international trade matters.

In the area of industrial security, Mr. Oleynik has been involved in a significant percentage of all foreign investment review proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and is one of the leading practitioners in the area of foreign direct investment in the U.S. defense industry under the U.S. regulations regarding Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI).

Mr. Oleynik has considerable experience in the area of anti-bribery laws. He counsels clients regarding compliance and enforcement issues related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In this regard, he has helped a broad range of companies establish effective programs to address the risks inherent in operating in certain parts of the world and counsels those companies on the wide range of FCPA issues that arise on a daily basis.

He represents a wide array of clients in trade litigation before the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission regarding Antidumping and Countervailing Duty investigations and reviews, Section 232 national security investigations and Section 332 investigations.

In the area of customs, his experience includes custom classification and valuation, rules of origin, and special duty programs such as GSP, NAFTA, CBI, and CBPTA; as well as trade policy representation before the Executive Branch and Congress regarding the WTO, CBI, CBPTA, FTAA, and other trade multi- and bi-lateral trade negotiations.

Mr. Oleynik has substantial experience in assisting clients in complying with U.S. trade embargoes and economic sanctions programs involving countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Sudan. Mr. Oleynik works frequently with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is responsible for implementing, administering and enforcing sanctions regulations that restrict business transactions involving designated countries and their nationals.

In the area of U.S. export control, Mr. Oleynik counsels a broad range of clients on licensing, compliance, and enforcement issues under the export control regimes of the departments of State, Commerce and Treasury.

Mr. Oleynik is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the Court of International Trade and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law.

Mr. Oleynik has published widely on trade topics, including: "CFIUS Reform Brings More Transparency To The Foreign Investment Review Process," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 2007; "Featured Q&A: What Does New U.S. Legislation Mean for Latin American Companies?" Inter-American Dialogue, July 23, 2007; "Cross-Border Due Diligence: Vetting Game," The Deal, April 2, 2006; "Weathering a U.S. Customs Focused Assessment," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2004; "Complying with U.S. Embargo and PATRIOT Act Requirements: A Practical Approach for U.S. Company Compliance," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2004; "CARICOM – U.S. Trade Regulations," Latin American Advisor, July 5, 2002; "Information Security: New Encryption Export Rules Give U.S. Companies Opportunities to Compete," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2000; "Paying for Sales Commissions," Legal Times, September 9, 1996.

Mr. Oleynik earned his B.A. in political science in 1982 from the University of Connecticut, his M.A. in international affairs in 1984 from The George Washington University, and his J.D. in 1990 from The George Washington University Law School.

Honors & Awards

  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014

Memberships

  • American Society of International Law
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • ABA - International Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association