Ed Krauland+1 202 429 8083Email
Edward J. Krauland manages Steptoe’s International Regulation and Compliance Group, and focuses on export controls/economic sanctions. Mr. Krauland’s extensive experience includes representing clients on matters involving US and multilateral economic sanctions, defense and nuclear export controls, dual-use export controls under the EAR, anti-boycott compliance, internal investigations and enforcement work, and review of government procurement regulations in the cross-border context. His practice spans all aspects of these laws, including counseling, compliance work, transactional advice, licensing and opinion work, internal reviews, disclosures, and enforcement actions. He has served as co-chair of the International Trade Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice. He is former Chairman of an ABA-wide Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation (anti-money laundering compliance), and senior adviser to the ABA Section of International Law and Practice’s anti-money laundering committee.
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Meredith Rathbone+1 202 429 6437Email
Meredith Rathbone focuses on export controls and economic sanctions, and has assisted clients in the energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, information security, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, and service industries, among many others, in navigating the requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and US sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and US Department of State. She regularly assists companies in developing compliance policies, conducting internal investigations, performing training, and conducting due diligence in M&A transactions. She has represented individuals and companies facing civil and criminal investigations in this area, and has also represented clients in their efforts to be removed from OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs). She is a frequent writer and speaker on export controls and sanctions topics. She is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, and also serves on the Sanctions Subcommittee of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.
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Stephen Heifetz+1 202 429 6227Email
Stephen Heifetz helps clients navigate laws and policies at the nexus of international business and security. He has worked in senior levels of the federal government and uses that experience to provide counseling regarding legal compliance and political risk, conduct internal investigations, and defend against government investigations and enforcement actions. He is particularly experienced in foreign investment reviews by CFIUS, Department of Defense NISPOM and FOCI rules, anti-money laundering laws, economic sanctions administered by OFAC and the UN, and travel and cargo screening programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Heifetz served in the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as the Central Intelligence Agency. In his most recent government position, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development at DHS. Mr. Heifetz shaped DHS’s role in CFIUS, conducted hundreds of CFIUS reviews, and negotiated many “risk mitigation agreements” that CFIUS deemed necessary to approve foreign investments.
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Maury Shenk+44 20 7367 8050Email
Maury Shenk is an Advisor to Steptoe’s London office and is a dual-qualified US/UK lawyer. Mr. Shenk has experience on a wide variety of national and multi-national regulatory regimes relating to cross-border regulation and compliance, including export/import, trade sanctions, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, data protection, and competition law. He regularly counsels clients on these legal regimes, primarily from UK, EU and US perspectives. He often has handled such issues in the context of M&A due diligence (and related deal execution issues), internal investigations, government investigations and voluntary disclosures. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including IT infrastructure & information security, software, telecom & satellite, financial services, energy, petroleum & petrochemicals, aerospace & defense, and others.
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Guy Soussan+32 2 626 0535Email
Guy Soussan advises clients on various aspects of EU and French export control regulations, including controls and licensing regimes for both military and commercial products and technologies. His export practice covers compliance development and implementation, internal investigations, and enforcement matters, including voluntary disclosures. He also provides advice and assistance with EU economic sanctions targeting specific countries such as Iran, Libya, Syria, and most recently, Ukraine and Russia. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, banking and insurance, petroleum and petro-chemicals, aerospace, and defense. He has conducted internal compliance audits, provided assistance on company compliance programs, and counseled clients on the application of the rules to specific transactions.
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Alexandra Baj+1 202 429 6478Email
Alex Baj’s practice primarily involves export controls and economic sanctions laws and regulations, anti-corruption investigations and compliance, international trade, and security clearance issues. Ms. Baj advises clients on export control and economic sanctions laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), US sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and nuclear export controls under the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Alex specializes in the development and implementation of export and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures and training, internal investigations and voluntary disclosures under the EAR, the ITAR, and OFAC rules, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and on encryption and cybersecurity export controls. Her clients include companies involved in defense, aerospace, software, semiconductor, and uranium processing industries.
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Jack Hayes+1 202 429 6491Email
Jack Hayes has extensive experience providing clients with advice and assistance under ITAR and EAR, as well as US economic sanctions and anti-boycott regulations. Mr. Hayes frequently handles complex export control matters, including voluntary disclosures, internal investigations of apparent export control violations, pre-closing and post-closing acquisition export compliance due diligence, export control audits, and assessments of compliance obligations and risks in accordance with relevant international trade regulations. He also provides guidance on brokering requirements and reporting obligations for certain fees, commissions, and political contributions related to sales of defense articles and defense services, prepares export and reexport license and agreement applications for submission, undertakes commodity jurisdiction and export classification analyses of items and services under the ITAR and EAR, drafts registration material change notifications, and develops compliance policies, programs, and training materials.
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Anthony Rapa+1 202 429 8120Email
Anthony Rapa’s practice primarily involves international regulatory compliance, focusing on economic sanctions and export controls. His sanctions practice includes matters arising under US, EU, and UK economic sanctions regimes, including sanctions targeted at Russia and Iran. His export controls practice includes matters arising under the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), as well as similar EU and UK regulatory regimes. Mr. Rapa has extensive experience with complex internal investigations, regulatory due diligence in support of international acquisitions and divestments, development of corporate compliance policies, submission of voluntary disclosures to enforcement authorities, providing compliance advice for complex cross-border transactions, and submission of license applications.
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Liz LaRocca+1 202 429 1351Email
Liz LaRocca is an immigration attorney in Steptoe’s Washington office. Her experience includes assisting clients in a variety of industries, including engineering, IT, biotech, healthcare, sports, entertainment, and telecommunications. Ms. LaRocca has significant experience in PERM labor certifications and employment-based adjustments as well as nonimmigrant petitions for multinational executives, specialized knowledge employees, treaty investors, individuals of extraordinary ability, skilled workers and other professional employees with or without advanced degrees. She advises clients with regard to the intricacies of nonimmigrant visa petitions, and the preparation of immigrant based petitions and naturalization cases. Ms. LaRocca has broad experience drafting appeals, waivers, court motions and briefs, and represents clients at USCIS interviews and in court proceedings. She has in depth experience representing corporate clients in merger and acquisitions, I-9 audits, and E-verify compliance. She also represents clients in complex immigration cases, consular processing and immigration ramifications of criminal charges.
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Alexis Early+1 202 429 6742Email
Alexis Early counsels multinational corporations, financial institutions, and individuals on economic sanctions compliance, the release of erroneously blocked assets, export controls, and CFIUS national security reviews of inbound foreign investments, and the impact of legislation pending before Congress. She has experience representing clients in compliance and enforcement proceedings before the Treasury Department, State Department, Commerce Department, and Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Early advised corporations and foreign sovereigns on international trade, defense cooperation, and rule of law issues, and advocated on their behalf before Congress.
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Helen Aldridge+44 20 7367 8029Email
Helen Aldridge advises clients on investment treaty arbitration and international regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Aldridge’s regulatory practice includes assisting clients in conducting compliance program assessments, carrying out due diligence reviews, and assisting on internal investigations of alleged violations of anti-corruption laws. She also has experience assisting clients with debarment proceedings before the World Bank, and acts as counsel on cases before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
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Peter Jeydel+1 202 429 6291Email
Peter Jeydel‘s practice focuses on US export controls and economic sanctions, including the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the State Department. His practice spans all aspects of these regimes, including counseling, compliance, transactional advice, licensing and opinions, disclosures, and enforcement actions. He has also represented companies and individuals seeking de-listing from OFAC’s sanctions list. In addition, Mr. Jeydel has assisted clients in anti-corruption matters, including under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and has experience handling reviews and investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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