Laura El-Sabaawi

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Laura El-Sabaawi represents clients in numerous international trade matters, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, export control issues, and sanctions compliance programs, as well as cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws.

 
lel-sabaawi@wileyrein.com

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Wiley Rein’s Foreign Corrupt Pratices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Practice has published an updated FCPA Handbook (Seventh Edition). Since 1977, U.S. companies conducting business with foreign government entities and government officials have had to comply with the FCPA, which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing any foreign official to obtain or retain business.  Companies and individuals found in violation of the FCPA may be subject to substantial fines, imprisonment, and/or forfeiture of property. The handbook briefly…
On July 10, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued another list of Chinese products that may be subject to 10% duties stemming from the Section 301 investigation into China’s unfair practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. This list of products includes 6,031 tariff subheadings, covering a broad range of products, including agricultural goods, chemicals, building materials, and electronics, with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion.…
Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a plan to transfer control over the export of small arms from the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the typically less-stringent U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The shift will affect U.S. small arms exports, including non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber, non-automatic and non-semi-automatic rifles and other weapons up to .72 caliber, and some ammunition, as well as certain gun parts…
The U.S. Department of State today issued an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to include South Sudan in its regulations on prohibited exports, imports, and sales to and from certain countries, and to update its defense trade policy toward South Sudan by applying a policy of denial on the export of defense articles and defense services to South Sudan. The action follows a February 2 press release from the State Department…
On Monday, the Trump Administration announced that President Trump had approved the imposition of new tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules, as well as a tariff-rate quota on imports of washing machines. The government will impose a 30% tariff on all imported cells and modules in the first year, which will drop to 25% in the second year, 20% in the third year, and 15% in the fourth year, before being removed. Monday’s…
The last two weeks of 2016 have seen a flurry of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions: a $519 million settlement against Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical, an action in the billions against Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht and its petrochemical unit, Braskem, and a $75 million settlement by Kentucky-based General Cable Corporation. Teva’s December 22 settlement landed it in fourth place on the list of the ten biggest FCPA enforcement actions ever.  Teva, the world’s largest…
On September 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Och-Ziff Capital Management Group will pay nearly $200 million to settle civil Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges.  Combined with the expected criminal penalty of $213 million from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Och-Ziff’s $413 million settlement will land it fourth on the list of the largest FCPA enforcement actions in history.  The agreement also requires Och-Ziff to retain a compliance…
On Monday, Chile-based airline LAN Airlines SA (now operating at LATAM Airlines Group) entered into a $22 million agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), to settle allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The alleged violations involved the facilitation of bribes to Argentinian government officials in connection with a labor dispute in 2006.  Under the settlement agreement, LAN will pay $9.4 million in…
Today our International Trade Group published a report—the second edition of its kind—on the unprecedented level of overcapacity in the global steel industry, which is severely distorting the world market and threatening the viability of many steel producers worldwide. Since the first edition of Government Intervention and Overcapacity was released in July 2013, excess capacity has continued to grow. Today’s update is necessary, almost three years later, because the overcapacity crisis has reached alarming new heights.…
On February 29, Wiley Rein published its annual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Year-in-Review article: In a Nutshell: What You Need to Know About the FCPA in 2015.  The article provides statistics on enforcement actions and penalties, an analysis of investigative trends and more, chronicling another busy year in FCPA enforcement.  Some of the points covered in the article follow below.…