Kriesberg’s practice cuts across export controls, sanctions, FCPA and CFIUS work, and [he] attracts praise from clients for ‘his wide-ranging knowledge, responsiveness and highly personable demeanor.’ Clients and peers alike stress his status as a leading FCPA expert.
Chambers USA 2011; Chambers USA 2008
For over three decades, Simeon M. Kriesberg has helped clients in the US and other countries address the wide range of legal issues arising from international trade in goods, services, technology, and capital. His practice encompasses counseling on corporate compliance and governance, international transactions, international litigation, and trade policy. His insights have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg TV News, National Public Radio's Marketplace, the Associated Press, Compliance Week, Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, Inside Counsel, Pensions & Investments, Bloomberg Business Week, Latin America Advisor, and other business media.
A “very responsive” and “multitalented” adviser “on a range of trade matters” (Chambers USA 2014, Chambers USA 2013), Simeon is consistently ranked among the top US lawyers in the areas of US sanctions and export controls and is described “by clients and peers alike” as “a leading FCPA expert” as well. Simeon also counsels clients with respect to compliance with national security restrictions on foreign investment in the United States (e.g., CFIUS), antiboycott laws, customs laws, antidumping duty laws and other trade remedies, and corporate governance standards. His international transactional work includes structuring, negotiating, and documenting agreements regarding acquisitions, dispositions, sourcing, distribution, joint ventures, licensing, trade finance, technology transfer, consulting, and other commercial arrangements. Simeon has represented clients in litigation or arbitration over commercial disputes, administration of trade laws (customs, antidumping laws, embargoes), and public international law issues (expropriation, act of state, foreign sovereign immunity). He has also advised clients on developing trade policy proposals and strategies to shape regulations, legislation, and multilateral negotiations.
Simeon has counseled scores of clients, operating in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, regarding the assessment of compliance risks; the development and enhancement of compliance programs; the training of relevant personnel; the application for licenses, classifications, and other government authorizations and determinations; the conduct of due diligence of acquisitions, joint ventures, and intermediaries; the resolution of compliance issues arising from commercial transactions or corporate structures; the internal investigation of possible violations of law; the defense of enforcement proceedings; and the negotiation of settlements with enforcement authorities.
He has been a speaker on international legal topics on panels sponsored by American College of Investment Counsel, American Conference Institute, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Center for Transnational Legal Studies, CEO Institutes, Chicago Bar Association, Columbia University School of Law, Corporate Executive Board, Crans Montana Forum, District of Columbia Bar, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Information Technology Industry Council, Institute for International and Comparative Law, International Financial Services Association, International Trade Association, Japan Chamber of Commerce, Judicial Conference of the US Court of International Trade, Ministry of Commerce of People's Republic of China, Organization for International Investment, Practising Law Institute, Washington Legal Foundation, Yale Law School, and other organizations.
Simeon joined Mayer Brown in 1987 after having served in senior capacities (including Vice President and General Counsel) with Sears World Trade, Inc.