Wayne State University

Silvia Kleer

Silvia Kleer is an attorney in the Global Trade and Transactions Group of the Office of the General Counsel of Ford Motor Company. Her work involves two primary areas. The first is export distribution, which involves all aspects of commercial distribution business to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, Caribbean and Central America. In this capacity she counsels clients on franchise and distributor agreements and disputes, finance, corporate governance, litigation, marketing, product homologation and public relations.

The second area is regulatory compliance. Kleer counsels Ford and its international subsidiaries on export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulation including the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce, trade and economic sanctions maintained by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) maintained by the U.S. Department of State. She provides advice and company-wide training on compliance with these regulations and interacts with the federal agencies administering the regulations.

Prior to joining the Global Trade and Transactions Group, Kleer worked on consumer and commercial finance issues in both the legal office of Ford Motor Credit Company from 2001 to 2006 and the Office of General Counsel at Chrysler Financial Company from 1994 to 2001.

Ms. Kleer received her bachelor of arts in political science and French from the University of Michigan in 1989 and her juris doctorate degree from Wayne Law in 1995, where she was senior articles editor of the Wayne Law Review and president of the International Law Society.  She also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. Kleer was born in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish and French.

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