Mayer Brown has hired Tamer Soliman to lead its global export controls and economic sanctions practice group in Washington DC and Dubai.

Soliman joins from Akin Gump, where he was a partner in the international trade practice for 16 years. There, he advised clients in aerospace, defense, investment, private  equity, internet technology and logistics about complex export control and sanctions regulatory and enforcement matters spanning multiple jurisdictions.

His knowledge also includes the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations and sanctions laws, about which he has advised boards, audit committees and companies in high-stakes investigations and enforcement actions.

Before joining Akin Gump, Soliman worked as a clerk for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs. He is fluent in Arabic.

Duane Layton, leader of the firm’s international trade practice, says: “We live in an enforcement environment. Every company that purchases finished goods or inputs produced in the US or the EU must comply with export controls or risk severe consequences. Tamer’s unsurpassed experience handling major internal and regulatory investigations related to possible violations of US and EU export controls and economic sanctions, will be invaluable to our clients worldwide.”