Sean is the managing partner of the Vorys Washington, D.C. office practicing corporate and international law with a focus on transactional matters, compliance counseling and international finance.

Sean advises for-profit and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters both domestically and abroad.  Sean regularly counsels businesses on compliance with U.S. laws in the context of transborder transactions and multinational operations, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. export laws, the conflict minerals rule, the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Sean regularly represents lenders in trade finance transactions, and has extensive experience with transactions insured or guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank).

Additionally, Sean assists clients with intellectual property transactions, including the licensing of trademarks, patents and other intellectual property; agreements regarding international distribution; and M&A transactions.

Representative transactions include:

  • Representing an Austrian bank in the limited recourse structured financing of wind energy projects in Italy, Scotland and England, under EXIM Bank’s foreign currency guarantee program
  • Representing a U.S. lender in an EXIM Bank guaranteed credit transaction for the purchase of multiple U.S. aircraft by a Nigerian airline
  • Representing a U.S. lender in an EXIM Bank guaranteed credit transaction for the purchase of U.S. grain silos by a Ukrainian company
  • Representing a U.S. national bank in financing the design, development and construction of a solar power plant in Korea
  • Representing U.S. national and state banks in negotiating and documenting multiple revolving short-term credit facilities to Mexican borrowers and accounts receivables financing and working capital facilities to U.S. exporters, utilizing EXIM Bank guarantees and credit insurance
  • Representing U.S. lenders and exporters in negotiating and documenting numerous export credits and loans to foreign borrowers to support the export of U.S. capital goods, equipment and turn-key manufacturing plants to Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Representing lenders in the sale and participation of EXIM Bank insured and guaranteed transactions to the Private Export Funding Corporation (PEFCO)

Sean has presented seminars on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Export Controls and the U.S. Anti-Boycott Laws.  He has written and presented on topics involving programs and products of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Sean is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Sean received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. from the American University.

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Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1992

American University, B.A., 1989

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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