Simeon M. Kriesberg: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Simeon M. Kriesberg

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 263 3214

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Practice Areas

  • International Trade
  • Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
  • White Collar Defense & Compliance
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
  • Government Relations
  • Energy
  • Energy Regulation and Government Affairs
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Africa
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 263 3214
Fax: 202 263 5214
University Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1973; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, M.P.A., 1977
Law SchoolYale Law School, J.D., 1977
Admitted1977, District of Columbia; 1978, US District Court for the District of Columbia; 1978, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1979, US Court of International Trade; 1981, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1982, US Supreme Court

•Member, Law360 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board, 2011
•Editorial Advisory Committee, International Legal Materials, 1991-1997
•Guest Scholar, Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution, 1992-1993
•Professorial Lecturer, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1991-1993
•American Bar Association
•American Law Institute
•American Society of International Law
•District of Columbia Bar


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.


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CFIUS Annual Report Reveals Increase in Scrutiny of Foreign Investments in the United States and Perceived Threat To Critical US Technologies
Timothy J. Keeler,Simeon M. Kriesberg,Kelsey M. Rule, March 10, 2015
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issued its Annual Report to Congress in February 2015, covering CFIUS activity during calendar year 2013. The report reflects the US government’s intensified scrutiny of risks to US national security from foreign investment....

The New US Policy Toward Cuba: The Business Implications
Carol J. Bilzi,Simeon M. Kriesberg,Mickey Leibner, February 26, 2015
President Obama has announced that he is “charting a new course on Cuba,” including re-establishing diplomatic relations and easing the five-decade-long economic embargo. The President also directed the Secretary of State to review Cuba’s designation as a “state sponsor of...

US Congress Expands Sanctions against Russia
Carol J. Bilzi,Simeon M. Kriesberg,Mickey Leibner, February 26, 2015
In response to Russian actions in Ukraine, the United States has imposed progressively stronger sanctions against Russia over the past several months, both by legislative and by executive action. The latest step was taken on December 13, 2014, when Congress unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom...

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Simeon M. Kriesberg

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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