Global Trade & Export Controls
Bernard Nortey Botchway is a Counsel for the Global Trade and Export Controls Legal team. He deals with various matters involving trade and export controls, sanctions, and anti-boycott. Bernard supports client-facing and control function partners around the world. Bernard also serves on the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (“DIBC”) of a multinational fortune 500 bank. Bernard's expertise includes trade treaties including AGOA, AfCFTA, and the Cotonou Agreement. He had advised agricultural businesses on navigating the complex world of agricultural exports and trade compliance. This includes pro bono work with small to medium-size farmers. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bernard worked for a bi-partisan group on fiscal policy in New Hampshire, DC, and Iowa. He also spent time as a summer associate at an international law firm in Seattle, and a global bank in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bernard is active in the broader legal community, as a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and the Mecklenburg County Bar. He helps coordinate the Mecklenburg County Bar’s diversity clerkship at the Bank. Bernard is a strong advocate of pro bono and volunteerism and was recently inducted into the 2019 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Bernard is an Assistant Professor, and often guest lectures at various universities including the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law. He is also a member of the governing board of trustees of Colby-Sawyer College, a liberal arts university in New England. Bernard received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Studies and minors in Legal Studies and Psychology. Bernard is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.