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Steptoe & Johnson LLP


In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. The firm is particularly noted for its capabilities in white-collar defense and other government investigations and enforcement; high-stakes litigation particularly involving complex commercial claims and cross-border disputes; patent and technology litigation; preventive international corporate compliance particularly FCPA/anti-corruption and economic sanctions/export controls.

A hallmark of Steptoe's practice is advising on the scope and subtleties of US and international sanctions regulations. With regard to embargoed countries, we have assisted clients with direct export, investment, and financial transactions, hiring of foreign nationals, third-party distributor relationships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, and parent-subsidiary relationships. Our clients receive advice on the jurisdictional reach of sanctions regulations, the meaning of key regulatory terms, and the use of regulatory exceptions to achieve legitimate commercial or marketing objectives. We work closely with in-house counsel and key management personnel to understand the nature of a company's operations, its products and services, and its internal structure, to ensure that corporate compliance is thorough, yet not unnecessarily restrictive. We have extensive experience in tailoring compliance manuals and SOPs to accommodate decentralized organizations. We also have handled voluntary disclosures to the US government on terms that are favorable to our clients. Where appropriate, we use Steptoe’s highly acclaimed white-collar enforcement capability to supplement our sanctions experience in dealing with US government prosecutors.

Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit