Trade & Sanctions

Energy trading and investment in energy-related projects in the Middle East, Caribbean and other markets necessarily involves careful consideration of U.S. trade laws prohibiting transactions with the governments, nationals, products and vessels of sanctioned countries. Our lawyers regularly counsel and assist U.S. and foreign clients on the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and their application to trading and commercial transactions.

Our lawyers' extensive experience on trade issues also includes extraterritorial sanctions laws such as Helms-Burton and the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, United Nations sanctions, anti-boycott laws, anti-bribery statutes, short supply controls and other export restrictions. We counsel firms with multinational operations regarding acquisitions and investments where trade sanctions come into play and assist them in obtaining specific licenses from the Treasury Department to enter into transactions otherwise subject to regulatory prohibitions or with respect to blocked property. We develop in-house compliance programs, trading guidelines and give seminars to traders, lawyers and operations personnel. We advise clients on contract documentation where protective measures are necessary to ensure compliance with anti-boycott, foreign corrupt practices and sanctions laws. We represent both energy and non-energy clients before the Office of Foreign Assets Control in defending notices of violation and settlement of enforcement actions.

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§  “Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP” to “Diversity at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP”

§  “Diversity” section:

o   The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity.  More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.

§  “Our Awards and Recognitions” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

§  “Our Commitment” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession.  We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm.  We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture.  Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.

o   We are committed to working with our clients as they pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all.

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