Bass, Berry & Sims Bolsters International Trade Practice with Addition of Mi-Yong Kim

August 10, 2021
Firm News
Commerce Department Veteran Brings Nearly 25 Years of Export Controls, National Security, and CFIUS Experience

Washington, D.C., (August 10, 2021) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the addition of Mi-Yong Kim as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She strengthens the firm’s International Trade Practice with nearly 25 years of experience dealing with export controls and national security issues.

Mi-Yong Kim attorney headshot 2021Kim served more than 18 years in various roles with the U.S. Department of Commerce, most recently in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) as Chair of the Operating Committee for Export Administration. Kim also spent four years as export control adviser to the American Institute in Taiwan, the country’s de facto U.S. embassy, and nearly a decade as senior attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC-IS) in the Department of Commerce.

“Mi-Yong’s extensive experience throughout the Department of Commerce brings unique perspective to our team. She will add to our ability to help clients navigate the complex and dynamic international regulatory environment,” said Thad McBride, practice leader of the firm’s International Trade Practice. “As we continue to grow our firm with experienced attorneys committed to service of clients and community, we are thrilled to welcome Mi-Yong. She will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”

At Bass, Berry & Sims, Kim will counsel businesses on regulations related to export controls and national security, including matters involving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation by the Defense Security Service. Kim has worked extensively with a wide range of the regulators that global businesses encounter, including the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury; the National Security Council; and others in the intelligence community.

As Chair of the Operating Committee for BIS Export Administration, Kim analyzed and determined the outcome of cases with significant and broad policy implications. Her work with BIS also included chairing the End-User Review Committee responsible for administering the Entity List, an increasingly important tool the U.S. Government uses to implement foreign policy.

Kim also directed the BIS office responsible for reviewing several hundred CFIUS filings annually to analyze the national security implications of acquisitions and recommending approvals and denials of such acquisitions under the CFIUS program.  In addition, she served as the Senior Export Policy Analyst for Asia Pacific, a role in which she spent considerable time working on issues related to the Korean Peninsula.  Lastly, Kim directed the Office of International Programs, overseeing multi-million dollars in program funds to work with countries in their development and enhancement of export control systems.

With the American Institute in Taiwan, Kim worked with Taiwan officials on export control systems development, gaining an intimate knowledge of Taiwan’s export control system and maintaining ongoing relationships with key officials and non-governmental organization representatives. She has traveled throughout Asia speaking on export controls in programs organized by the U.S. and foreign governments and entities.

As senior attorney with OCC-IS, Kim administratively enforced violations of the EAR and worked with multiple U.S. Attorney Offices to pursue criminal enforcement actions of EAR violations.

Kim earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She also earned a master’s degree from the National Defense University with a concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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