Theo Smith is a member of the firm’s Corporate and International sections. His corporate practice includes all aspects of business, corporate, and securities law. This includes, but is not limited to, helping clients form business entities, complete acquisitions and mergers, draft and negotiate contracts, manage or modify company governance or ownership, comply with SEC regulations and file SEC reports, and pursue financing.

Mr. Smith also helps companies with all aspects of international trade of national security or defense-related products, services, and technology. This includes, but is not limited to, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and United States Munition List compliance, drafting and negotiating technical assistance agreements (TAAs) and manufacturing license agreements (MLAs), ITAR audits and registration, ITAR employment and business operation counsel, Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Commerce Control List compliance, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) compliance, and advising on the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. Industries requiring specific ITAR or EAR compliance can include aerospace and propulsion, chemicals, cybersecurity products, defense or military services or equipment, drones, information security and software, materials processing, munitions, navigation or sensor technology, nuclear products, unmanned and manned vehicles, and weapons manufacturing or licensing, including technical data and parts manufacturing.

Mr. Smith speaks Mandarin and has lived in Beijing and Taipei. He is happy to assist Chinese clients as well as companies doing business with Chinese partners or state officials.


Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University-Idaho, China International Relations and Geopolitics

Student Practitioner, Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Clinic, where he drafted and negotiated contracts on behalf of Fortune 500 corporate legal departments

Commodity Futures Trading Commission — Division of Enforcement, Legal Extern

Uniform Law Commission — National Headquarters, Summer Clerk

The Honorable John Z. Lee, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judicial Extern Clerk

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