Rich Battaglia Joins Steptoe’s International Regulation & Compliance Group

September 12, 2012

(September 12, 2012, Chicago) — Steptoe is pleased to announce that Richard Battaglia, former senior counsel for regulatory compliance at BP America Inc., has joined the firm as a senior counsel in the International Regulation & Compliance Group.  He brings more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of the international petroleum industry and regulatory compliance.  Mr. Battaglia will be located primarily in Steptoe’s Chicago office, but will regularly work out of the firm’s offices in Washington, London, Brussels, and Century City/Los Angeles.  His practice will focus on providing compliance advice and counseling on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls, and economic sanctions.  Mr. Battaglia will also support the firm’s robust internal investigations, providing guidance on mergers and acquisitions due diligence and corporate best practices across a number of industries.

During his tenure at BP, Mr. Battaglia provided advice on ethics and compliance, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, US and UK anti-money laundering laws, and export and economic sanctions risk management and compliance.  In this role, he worked with BP senior management and BP’s chief ethics and compliance officer, and was involved in the development of BP’s Code of Conduct and anti-corruption and trade controls compliance programs.  For a number of years, he trained and coordinated an internal “virtual” team of lawyers and compliance professionals located around the world who dealt with these issues.  Mr. Battaglia also provided legal advice on internal investigations and best practices for conducting investigations.

Earlier in his career working for Amoco, Mr. Battaglia handled a wide variety of US and international transactions, and was based at overseas posts in Athens and Cairo.  He led the M&A legal teams on the sale of five refineries and several pipeline systems, including Amoco’s refinery and service stations in the UK; managed the legal work on project financings in Indonesia and Azerbaijan; and worked on joint ventures both in the United States and overseas.

Most recently, Mr. Battaglia established his own consultancy on corporate governance, cross-border compliance, anti-corruption, compliance and ethics, and investigations.  His clients included an independent “upstream” oil company with headquarters in London and operations in the Middle East, and a global supplier of refinery equipment.

“Rich brings a wealth of global experience to Steptoe, having provided legal advice on various matters in nearly 50 countries,” said Steptoe Chair Roger Warin.  “In particular, his depth of knowledge on compliance issues will greatly complement our existing anti-corruption, trade regulation, and fraud investigation practices, and help us expand the regulatory compliance services we provide to our clients.  In addition, Rich’s extensive in-house experience will deliver to clients efficient and workable compliance solutions that protect the company and its executive management.”

Steptoe has a long history of counseling clients on the scope, interpretation, and administration of the legal requirements affecting international business transactions.  The firm has a deep bench of lawyers who focus on anti-corruption/FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions, and other international regulatory compliance issues, many of whom have consistently received the highest ranking in the Chambers USA and Chambers Global legal directories.

Mr. Battaglia commented:  “Steptoe has a highly regarded international regulation and compliance practice with an established global footprint.  I am truly looking forward to utilizing the in-house perspective I bring and the experience I have gained over the past three decades to help Steptoe’s clients navigate the various complex compliance regimes they face when operating in markets around the world.”

Mr. Battaglia is a member of the anti-corruption commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and was instrumental in drafting the ICC’s new Guidelines on Agents, Intermediaries and Other Third Parties.

He earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was the lead articles editor of thelaw review.  He received a B.A. from Northwestern University.

About Steptoe

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm widely recognized for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions.  The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington.  For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.