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Laura El-Sabaawi

Laura El-Sabaawi

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.

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Wiley Rein Publishes Updated Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook

Posted in Announcements, FCPA
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… Continue Reading

USTR Announces List of $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods that May Be Subject to 10 Percent Tariffs

Posted in Customs Law, Trade Policy
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… Continue Reading

Proposed Shift for Small Arms Export Controls from State Department to Commerce Department Authority

Posted in Export Controls
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,… Continue Reading

State Department Adds South Sudan to the ITAR’s “Prohibited Countries” List

Posted in Export Controls
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… Continue Reading

U.S. Trade Representative Announces Safeguard Tariffs on Solar Cell and Module Imports

Posted in Trade Remedies
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… Continue Reading

Last Weeks of the Year See a Flurry of FCPA Enforcement

Posted in Compliance, FCPA
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… Continue Reading

Och-Ziff Capital Enters into Fourth-Largest FCPA Settlement in History

Posted in FCPA
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… Continue Reading

LATAM Airlines Pays $22 Million to Settle FCPA Allegations

Posted in FCPA
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… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Releases Updated Report on Global Steel Industry Overcapacity

Posted in Announcements, Antidumping, Compliance, Customs Law, Dumping and Subsidies
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… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Releases In a Nutshell: What You Need to Know About the FCPA in 2015

Posted in FCPA
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… Continue Reading

PTC Pays $28 Million in 2016’s Second Software-Focused FCPA Enforcement Action

Posted in Compliance, FCPA
On February 16, Massachusetts-based software company PTC Inc. paid $28 million to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions with both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). PTC’s two China units – based in Shanghai and Hong Kong – were alleged to have paid for employees of various… Continue Reading

Challenge to Application of ITAR Brokering Provisions Dismissed

Posted in Export Controls
The D.C. District Court has dismissed a challenge to the Department of State’s application of the International Traffic Arms Regulations’ (ITAR) brokering provisions to attorneys. Notably, the challenge was filed by international trade law firm Matthew A. Goldstein, PLLC on its own behalf, regarding the application of the brokering provisions to legal services provided to… Continue Reading

TPA Bill Fails to Advance In Senate

Posted in Trade Negotiations, Trade Policy
Legislation to provide President Obama with Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) encountered a setback on Tuesday, when the U.S. Senate voted down a procedural measure that would have permitted the Senate to bypass lengthy further debate on the bill.  The bill, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (“TPA Bill”), would provide so-called… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Releases Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 2014 Year-in-Review

Posted in FCPA
Last week, Wiley Rein published its annual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Year-in-Review article for 2014.  The article provides statistics on enforcement actions and penalties, an analysis of investigative trends and more, chronicling the extremely busy past year in FCPA enforcement.  Some of the highlights from the year-in-review include: 2014’s enforcement activity included two of… Continue Reading

Leveling the Playing Field Act: What effect will it have on the U.S. trade laws?

Posted in Trade Policy, Trade Remedies
Yesterday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced bill S.2994—the “Leveling the Playing Field Act” (“Act”)—in the U.S. Senate.  The legislation is intended to improve the United States’ ability to address unfair foreign trade practices, in part by strengthening the U.S. antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws.  The bill has provisions affecting both the Department of… Continue Reading

ABA Section of International Law Explores Global Anti-Corruption Compliance and Enforcement

Posted in FCPA
If you attended the ABA’s Section of International Law 2014 Fall Meeting, held October 21-25 in Buenos Aires, chances are that you attended at least one panel on anti-corruption-related issues. It’s no coincidence that the meeting featured five separate panels addressing international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement – national (and even multi-national) regulators are increasingly active,… Continue Reading

State Department Amends ITAR to Allow Certain Exports of Lethal Defense Articles to Vietnam

Posted in Export Controls
The U.S. Department of State has revised the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to change its longstanding policy on exports of certain lethal defense articles to Vietnam.  Since the end of the Vietnam War, the State Department has imposed a presumptive policy of denial with regard to all such exports – i.e., the agency… Continue Reading