Areas of Practice
Languages
  • German (Fluent)
Education
  • University College London, LL.M, with Merit, (International Business Law) 2009
  • University of Kent, Canterbury and Philipps-Universität, Marburg. LLB (Hons) with German law and German language, 2008
  • Humboldt University, Berlin. Diploma in Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation, 2007
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  • New York

Helen Aldridge

Associate
5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8029
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001
Steptoe International Compliance Blog  

Helen Aldridge is an associate in Steptoe's London office, where she is a member of the International Regulation & Compliance and Investor-State Arbitration Groups.

Ms. Aldridge’s international regulatory compliance practice spans anti-corruption, trade sanctions, and export controls.  Her experience includes providing clients with compliance counselling, including training, risk assessments, and due diligence on third parties.  She also assists clients with economic sanctions queries and undertakes sanctions due diligence screenings.  Furthermore, she has assisted with internal investigations of potential breaches of company compliance policies and/or law, as well as the defense of investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies.  Ms. Aldridge also has experience representing clients in debarment proceedings before the World Bank. 

In addition, Ms. Aldridge frequently writes client advisories and articles for external publishers on regulatory and compliance related news and guidance.

Ms. Aldridge’s international arbitration practice has a particular focus on acting as counsel in investment arbitration disputes between States and foreign investors, especially in emerging markets.  She has also assisted on commercial arbitrations conducted under the LCIA and ICC Arbitration Rules.

Representative Matters

Anti-Corruption, Sanctions, and Export Control

  • Carried out and managed various aspects of due diligence projects for a number of companies within the mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries, with emphasis on business partners in high risk markets.
  • Drafted anti-bribery, anti-corruption, and sanctions-related policies, procedures and training for companies in early stages of implementation of these programs
  • Assisted in economic sanctions risk assessments and large-scale sanctions screening projects. 
  • Provided sanctions advice to companies, including assessments on EU, UK, and US sanctions regimes against Russia and Iran.
  • Assisted in internal investigations of alleged violations of US, UK and EU anti-corruption regimes in context of ERBD and World Bank financed- projects.
  • Assisted in multiple multi-jurisdictional investigations in high risk markets of allegations of violations of US, UK, and other law related to anti-corruption.
  • Advised foreign companies on US and UK export licence requirements for dual-use technologies, and assisted with OIEL applications. 
  • Counsel for companies in debarment proceedings involving allegations of corruption before the World Bank Sanctions Board. 

Arbitration

  • Counsel to investors in respect of an investment dispute with The Republic of Zimbabwe arising from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty. Border Timbers Ltd & Ors v The Republic of Zimbabwe. ICSID arbitration. Clients awarded restitution and US$125 million in damages.
  • Counsel to nine investors in respect of an investment dispute with The Republic of Zimbabwe arising from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty. Bernhard von Pezold & Ors v The Republic of Zimbabwe. ICSID arbitration. Clients awarded restitution and US$196 million in damages.

  • Counsel to an Italian investor in respect of an investment dispute with an East African State arising from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty. ICSID arbitration. Pending.

  • Co-counsel to a UK investor in respect of an investment dispute with a Balkan State arising from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty. UNCITRAL Arbitration. Ongoing

  • Counsel to an African Bank in a dispute with its former Chief Executive over the alleged breach of an arbitration agreement. Ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

  • Co-counsel (from 10 September 2008) to an investor in respect of an investment dispute arising from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty. Trans-Global Petroleum Inc. v The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. ICSID arbitration. Case settled.

  • Engaged by several Asian states to advise on their investment treaty negotiations, including (most recently) negotiations with the European Union.

  • A member of the Steptoe & Johnson team appointed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the panel of law firms that will be instructed to defend it in investor-state disputes.

  • Assisting the Steptoe & Johnson team engaged to draft a treaty between two African States, covering the operation of a cross-border infrastructure project.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Africa International Legal Awareness, Member of the Organising Committee