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Susanna Charlwood

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  • Sanctions Round Up: Fourth Quarter 2016 and President Donald J. Trump

    31 Jan 2017

    On November 8, 2016, Donald John Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Following fiery criticism of the Obama Administration’s sanctions policies, including the Iran deal, the lifting of substantial parts of the Cuban sanctions program, and the imposition of sanctions on Russia, it is likely that the new President will usher in a new era of US policy as it relates to Russian, Iran, and Cuban sanctions, although the nature, scope, and timing of such changes, not to mention Congressional views on certain of them, is still unknown.

  • High Court Rules That Witness Interview Notes Are Not Covered by Legal Advice Privilege

    9 Jan 2017

    In December 2016, the English High Court ruled that transcripts, notes and other records of witness interviews prepared by in-house and external counsel in the course of an internal investigation were not covered by legal advice privilege (“LAP”) and was not be covered by lawyers’ working papers privilege either.  The Court’s ruling has significant implications for the way in which companies and their legal advisers conduct internal investigations before litigation is commenced or reasonably in contemplation.

  • Shearman & Sterling’s Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/FCPA Digest

    3 Jan 2017
    Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best practices in FCPA and global anti-corruption compliance programs.
  • Iran Sanctions: OFAC Provides—at Least for Now—Assurances of a Wind-Down Period in Case of Snap-Back

    16 Dec 2016

    On December 15, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control revised its Frequently Asked Questions guidance that concerns the re-imposition of sanctions in the event of a sanctions snapback under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). The amended FAQs, which can be found below, convey OFAC’s general view that should the US re-impose certain sanctions pursuant to a JCPOA snapback, the US government would provide a 180-day wind-down period for payments related to contracts entered into and executed during the JCPOA period. In addition, OFAC also issued License J-1, which authorizes the temporary re-export of certain aircraft that are involved in code-sharing arrangements.

  • Ramifications of US Election for International Sanctions

    9 Nov 2016

    Yesterday’s election has significant implications for international sanctions, particularly with respect to Iran, Cuba, and Russia. Although we do not want to be unduly alarmist, President-elect Trump’s statements on the campaign trail, should they be carried through to policy in his Administration, certainly suggest a U-turn in US policy. With respect to Iran and Cuba, the possibility of such a change in direction will need to be taken into account by persons and companies who have begun to enter into commercial arrangements with those countries in the expectation that the recent easing of sanctions would continue. With respect to Russia, we do not advise that any company make any assumptions as to the shape of future sanctions. Although any potential shifts in US policy would not officially occur before President-elect Trump takes office, it is likely that some of the potential changes will be telegraphed before the Inauguration in January 2017.

  • Sanctions Roundup: Third Quarter 2016 and Executive Order on Burmese Sanctions

    2 Nov 2016

    OFAC, acting under the direction of President Obama’s Executive Orders, has lifted the economic and financial sanctions against Burma and Côte D’Ivoire. The revisions open these countries, and their financial markets, to significant Western investment. Iran continues to allege that Western financial institutions have refused to enter its markets despite the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Additionally, the European Council and OFAC continue to impose and expand sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and disruptive activities in eastern Ukraine.

  • Brexit: Key Issues for General Counsel

    15 Jul 2016

    Even at this early stage, we recommend that management teams begin to assess and prioritize the risks and potential opportunities that Brexit introduces, including as a first step adopting a practical approach towards carrying out that assessment and doing so on an ongoing basis.

  • UK Serious Fraud Office Secures Its Second DPA

    13 Jul 2016
    The President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court has given final approval to the Serious Fraud Office’s (“SFO”) second ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”).
  • Brexit: Issues and Q&A for Businesses

    28 Jun 2016
    On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. While this vote was advisory in nature, we expect that ultimately the UK Government and Parliament will respect the outcome and serve notice to terminate the UK’s membership of the EU, thereby commencing a negotiation of the terms of both the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and of a framework for its new relationship with the EU and its other trading partners. This memorandum focuses on some of the main legal and commercial impacts of the UK’s proposed exit, across a broad range of commercial and industrial areas where UK business may be impacted or English law is used.
  • FCA Obtains Two Criminal Convictions in High-Profile Insider Dealing Trial

    11 May 2016

    The jury in the so-called ‘Tabernula’ (“Little Tavern”) case has on Monday delivered its verdict after a 12-week trial.

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Education

  • College of Law of England & Wales, Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
  • College of Law of England & Wales, Common Professional Examination (Distinction)
  • University of Durham, B.A. History (First Class Hons.)

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