Lana Muranovic

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Lana Muranovic counsels U.S. and foreign companies regarding a wide scope of international trade matters. She has extensive experience related to U.S. import and export controls, sanctions, anti-bribery laws and regulations, and foreign investment, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), U.S. economic sanctions and embargo programs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, and laws and regulations pertaining to foreign investment in the United States. Lana’s practice has placed her in front of a variety of federal agencies, including 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 the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Among other matters, Lana generally assists clients with compliance, export jurisdiction and classification issues, licensing determinations, voluntary and mandatory submissions, regulatory disclosures, the design and implementation of export and import compliance programs, and enforcement actions. She conducts audits and internal investigations of existing international trade compliance procedures, and has done so as both outside counsel and a seconded in-house compliance attorney. Lana also drafts, advises and trains corporate clients on the design and practical implementation of corporate compliance procedures and processes.

In her practice, Lana has assisted clients across a myriad of industries, including aerospace, agribusiness, biotechnology, communications, information technology, education, electronics, entertainment, healthcare and manufacturing. Her technical expertise and knowledge of industry, coupled with a practical and business-minded approach, make Lana an effective and efficient counsel for clients navigating complex regulatory schemes while doing business on a domestic and/or international scale.

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  • Analyzed and drafted international trade compliance manuals for a variety of clients, including a holding company for insurance, reinsurance and investment operations around the world; a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing systems; and an international supplier of precision instrumentation and controls.
  • Conducted a trade compliance assessment and investigation on behalf of one of the largest audit, tax and advisory firms in the world.
  • Developed favorable voluntary disclosure outcomes for clients across a wide variety of industries, including on behalf of an identity management software and cloud-based service provider, a medical device and services company, and an aerospace and aviation manufacturer.
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Experience

  • Analyzed and drafted international trade compliance manuals for a variety of clients, including a holding company for insurance, reinsurance and investment operations around the world; a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing systems; and an international supplier of precision instrumentation and controls.
  • Conducted a trade compliance assessment and investigation on behalf of one of the largest audit, tax and advisory firms in the world.
  • Developed favorable voluntary disclosure outcomes for clients across a wide variety of industries, including on behalf of an identity management software and cloud-based service provider, a medical device and services company, and an aerospace and aviation manufacturer.
  • Assisted clients of all sizes in obtaining export licenses and approvals, including a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment and several pharmaceutical companies.
  • Assisted numerous U.S. and foreign entities in successfully navigating the CFIUS process.
  • Coordinated and drafted the response to a U.S. Customs antidumping and countervailing duty audit of a large manufacturer of high-quality photovoltaic solar cells and modules.
  • Created a narrative for the purpose of policy engagement with members of Congress and executive branch officials regarding the potential easing of Ukraine-related sanctions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2018 to 2019)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: International Law Section
  • Texas State Bar, International Law Section
    • Council
    • Advisory Committee
  • Institute for Energy Law: Advisory Board
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Organization of Women in Trade

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2010, Senior Articles Editor, Houston Journal of International Law
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2007, with high honors, Liberal Arts honors, magna cum laude

Languages

  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian