International Regulation & Compliance

Steptoe’s International Regulation & Compliance team counsels clients on the scope, meaning, administration, and enforcement of cross-border regulations that affect international business transactions.  With 30 lawyers dedicated to these matters across our offices around the globe, we have one of the largest and most experienced International Regulation & Compliance teams of any major international law firm in the world.  Our veteran team covers the full panoply of regulatory requirements, including:

We are committed to providing responsive and clear advice and legal risk assessments to clients on a real time basis.  Much of our practice is assisting clients on day-to-day business transactions, counseling on the applicability and effect of these regulatory regimes on their existing and prospective trade and investment transactions. Our lawyers assist clients with building effective internal compliance programs to reduce risk and promote business by providing candid and sound legal advice, and offering solutions that are practical and sensitive to business objectives, while keeping in mind the subtleties of these regulatory requirements.  These compliance programs can address one or several of these regulatory regimes, but we also offer integrated solutions that cover multiple regimes. 

Our practice includes conducting due diligence in mergers, acquisitions, financial offerings, and complex transactions.  Our lawyers are frequently engaged by clients to conduct internal reviews, prepare voluntary disclosures, and to defend companies and individuals in civil and criminal enforcement matters.  We work closely with our Homeland Security practice to address data protection, data privacy, cybersecurity, and USA PATRIOT Act issues.  We have significant SEC and white-collar capabilities that are increasingly part of corporate compliance, managing enforcement risk, and defense of companies, corporate employees, and board members. 

We also assist clients with these issues under various international or multilateral arrangements, as well as in key non-US jurisdictions, such as within the EU, its member states, and China.  In many of these areas of cross-border regulation, multiple national regimes, compliance requirements and enforcement risks can be present in a single transaction, and thus we provide integrated and comprehensive solutions.  

Steptoe also recognizes that local law is an increasingly important element of any effective global anti-corruption, export control, or sanctions program.  In the area of anti-corruption compliance, our lawyers have created the International Law Guides to meet this challenge.  The Guides offer corporate subscribers and their employees web-accessible compliance reports that detailed information on local anti-corruption laws around the globe.  Currently, approximately 50 countries are included.  Each country guide is developed by an attorney in the local jurisdiction, is updated each year, and is carefully vetted for clarity and scope.

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