Antonia I. Tzinova

Antonia I. Tzinova is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Tzinova practices in the areas of international trade, foreign direct investment and industrial security. She advises on defense and high-technology exports; U.S. trade embargoes and economic sanctions; and customs matters. She regularly represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and advises on measures to mitigate Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) in cross border mergers and acquisitions of U.S. government and defense contractors. She counsels foreign investors on structuring investments in the defense, high-tech and critical infrastructure sectors of the U.S. economy.

Recent transactions include advising on measures to mitigate FOCI in portfolio investments by private equity firms in government contractors with security clearances for performance on classified contracts, as well as representation before the CFIUS in foreign government investment in a U.S. port and refueling facility. Ms. Tzinova also has extensive experience in assisting technology exporters, government contractors and research universities in developing and implementing export compliance programs and conducting company-wide compliance training. Enhancing compliance under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations often includes conducting confidential internal investigations and submission of voluntary disclosures to mitigate potential export compliance violations. Ms. Tzinova also advises on inbound movement of goods in import matters, including classification, valuation, country of origin, and import licensing under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and other U.S. trade regulations.

Ms. Tzinova’s experience also includes interning at the Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS), a joint facility of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she worked on issues relating to foreign direct investment in the developing countries.

Prior to the practice of law, Ms. Tzinova was an administrator of professional economics training at the IMF Institute of the International Monetary Fund. She served as a liaison between leading economics lecturers and officials of the central banks and ministries of finance of IMF member states and also was involved in developing internal guidelines for the use of training materials in compliance with U.S. and international copyright laws.

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Areas of Practice 1) Aviation, 2) Mergers and Acquisitions, 3) Anti-Money Laundering, 4) Customs and Products Importation, 5) Industrial Security, 6) International Trade, 7) Trade Litigation, 8) Trade Policy, 9) U.S. Antiboycott Laws and 10) U.S. Export Control and Sanctions Laws
Law School The George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
Admitted Year 2002
Education LL.M.. ( International Law and International Affai
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association
Most recent firm Holland & Knight LLP
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