Stephen Fishbein

Stephen Fishbein

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

5/13/2015 - CACR Cuba EAR Economic Development Entrepreneurs Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports Imports Regulatory Standards Sanctions Trade Relations

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

4/23/2015 - CACR Commerzbank Cuba Drug Trafficking Enforcement Actions Iran OFAC P5+1 Nations Russia Sanctions Terrorist Threats Ukraine

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

4/17/2015 - Criminal Prosecution DOJ Enforcement Actions Extraterritoriality Rules Facilitation Payments FFI Internal Controls Manufacturers OFAC Sanctions Schlumberger

SEC Says Confidentiality Agreements May Impede Whistleblowers

On April 1, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) filed its first enforcement action under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and Exchange Act Rule...more

4/3/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Contract Terms Enforcement Actions KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Sets Standard for Section 11 Opinion Statement Liability in Omnicare Ruling

In its much-anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (“Omnicare”), No. 13-435 (Mar. 24, 2015), the United States Supreme Court held that an honestly-held statement...more

3/27/2015 - Issue Preclusion Likelihood of Confusion Omnicare Omnicare v Laborers District Council SCOTUS Trademark Infringement Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court Adopts Rule Regarding Responses and Objections to Document Requests

On January 22, 2015, the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York adopted a new rule applicable to the Commercial Division, effective April 1, 2015, that will require parties to provide increased specificity when...more

2/3/2015 - Discovery Document Requests New Regulations

Securities Enforcement 2014 Year-End Review

Fiscal year 2014 proved to be another eventful and record-breaking year for the Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission). Indeed, the...more

1/29/2015 - Broken Windows Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

1/14/2015 - Crimea Cuba Drug Trafficking Enforcement Actions EU Foreign Relations OFAC Russia Sanctions Syria Trade Relations Ukraine

Gifts of Travel and Luxury Watches to Saudi Officials Not Mere 'Icing on the Cake' for FCPA Charges

Improper Gifts Alone, Without Cash Bribes, Serve as Basis for SEC’s Latest FCPA Enforcement Action - Earlier this week, the SEC announced fines for two former defense contractor employees for FCPA violations relating...more

11/21/2014 - Bribery Conditional Gifts Enforcement Actions FCPA Foreign Official Popular Saudi Arabia SEC

SEC Settlement with Layne Christensen Raises New Questions on the Government’s Understanding of the Business Nexus Element of the...

Last week the SEC settled charges against Layne Christensen for various violations of the FCPA. While a relatively unremarkable case at first glance, the SEC’s charges against Layne Christensen reflect a troubling approach by...more

11/5/2014 - Cease and Desist Orders Consent Order Construction Industry FCPA Layne Christensen Co SEC Subsidiaries

Sanctions Round-Up: Third Quarter 2014

In this issue: - The Revised OFAC 50 Percent Rule - U.S. and E.U. Sectoral Sanctions Targeting Russia - Additional U.S. Sanctions Targeting Iran - Sanctions Targeting Ongoing Conflicts in Syria,...more

10/21/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector Enforcement Actions EU Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action OFAC Russia SSI List Sudan Syria Ukraine

Securities Enforcement 2014 Mid-Year Review

While not nearly as transformative and dramatic as the first half of 2013 and the early days of Chair Mary Jo White and Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney, the first six months of 2014 was just as busy and productive...more

8/1/2014 - Citigroup Enforcement Enforcement Actions Judge Rakoff Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements SEC Settlement

Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US Authorities End Quarter Full of Enforcement Actions with $8.9 Billion BNP Settlement - US and EU Make Numerous Ukraine-Related Designations as Separatist Aggression Continues - US...more

7/10/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions EU Human Rights Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Supreme Court Preserves 'Fraud-on-the-Market' and Validates Use of 'Price Impact' Defense Against Class Certification in...

In its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), the US Supreme Court upheld the validity of the fraud-on-the-market presumption set forth in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 US 224...more

6/27/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS Securities Fraud

So You Want to See Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, and Xavi: Brazil Issues Directive Barring Government Officials From Receiving World Cup...

Earlier today, the Office of the Comptroller General in Brazil, Controladoria-Geral da União (“CGU”), issued a sweeping directive barring government officials from accepting offers to attend or participate in the upcoming...more

6/3/2014 - Brazil Compliance FCPA Government Officials Public Officials UK UK Bribery Act World Cup

OFAC Settles Civil Enforcement Action with Dutch Company for Alleged Violations of US Trade Embargo on Cuba

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Carlson Wagonlit Travel B.V. (CWT), a Netherlands-based company, have agreed to settle violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACRs) dating back to as...more

4/25/2014 - EU OFAC Settlement U.S. Treasury

DOJ Scores First Antitrust Extradition: More to Come?

With Friday’s announcement of the first-ever extradition of a foreign executive on criminal antitrust charges to the United States, the US Department of Justice has won a major victory in its effort to prosecute and deter...more

4/8/2014 - Antitrust Litigation DOJ Extradition

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

4/4/2014 - EU Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action OFAC Sanctions Ukraine

A Potential Fork in the Road: US and EU Sanctions Relating to the Ukrainian Crisis

Both the United States and the European Union have issued calibrated Ukraine-related sanctions as a direct response to the recent political upheaval in Ukraine. Although both US and EU sanctions target certain persons for...more

4/2/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

SEC Enforcement Year in Review - 2013

Marked by leadership changes, high-profile trials, and shifting priorities, 2013 was a turning point for the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”). While the results of...more

1/9/2014 - Accounting Fraud Auditors Bribery Broker-Dealer China Deferred Prosecution Agreements Disclosure Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FCPA FIRREA Injunctions Insider Trading Investment Adviser Mary Jo White Municipal Securities Issuers Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements SEC Securities Fraud Statute of Limitations Whistleblowers

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2013

As 2013 drew to a close, a potentially groundbreaking agreement was reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program, leading to much speculation about how certain sanctions might be suspended, and under what conditions. While...more

1/7/2014 - Iran Sanctions National Security OFAC Sanctions U.N. Security Council United Nations

January 2014 Recent Trends and Patterns in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - Enforcement report only

In this issue: - Enforcement Actions and Strategies - Perennial Statutory Issues - Unusual Developments - Compliance Guidance - Private Litigation - Enforcement in the United...more

1/7/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA OECD UK Voluntary Disclosure

Opportunities and Pitfalls of Proposed Easing of Iran Sanctions

After years of fitful progress and failure, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Germany (collectively the “P5+1”)...more

12/6/2013 - Iran Sanctions U.N. Security Council United Nations

Iran Notices Update: SEC-Registered Issuers Continue to Adapt to Their New Normal

It has been over eight months since SEC-registered issuers began making mandatory disclosures of business activities in or with Iran. During that period, issuers have filed over 400 Iran Notices with the SEC, including...more

11/5/2013 - Iran Iran Sanctions OFAC SEC

Sanctions Round-Up: Third Quarter 2013

In this edition: - Iranian Sanctions Eased to Allow Additional Humanitarian Exports and Activities - New Iranian Sanctions Designations Announced - Significant Reduction Waivers Extended - Global...more

10/9/2013 - Enforcement Actions EU Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Sanctions

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