Sullivan & Cromwell is one of the leading legal advisers in matters related to U.S. international trade and investment, backed by many years of experience and a record of client success.
The Firm advises U.S.-based clients making or receiving non-U.S. investment and works closely with U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions with regard to their international activities. S&C advises on issues involving compliance with anti-money-laundering laws, including: the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act and the USA Patriot Act; compliance with U.S. economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and other international trade and investment laws in the context of transactions.
S&C lawyers also advise on establishing and upgrading structures, procedures and compliance programs in order to avoid violations. In addition, from the Defense Production Act of 1950, to the creation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in 1975, to the Exon-Florio amendment in 1988 and the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, S&C has been advising clients on federal rules regarding the national security review of foreign investment and structuring acquisitions and other investments in order to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals.
S&C’s highly regarded and world-renowned Criminal Defense and Investigations Group regularly handles matters involving international trade issues, in particular the defense of organizations and officers of companies accused of FCPA violations or facing anti-money-laundering investigations. The Firm’s criminal defense team includes former federal and state prosecutors, former bank regulatory enforcement counsel, and the leading practitioners in banking and securities regulation. Its CDIG lawyers have been regularly recognized as leading members of the criminal defense bar in peer and industry rankings and surveys. Members of the Group also have extensive trial experience, having collectively handled more than 125 criminal trials in federal and state courts.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. investment and trade regulation has expanded, and enforcement has become more frequent, forceful and consequential. S&C’s extensive experience with money laundering, anti-corruption laws and sanctions, and the related enforcement agencies—coupled with the Firm’s expertise in finance and investment—are key factors in clients’ success.