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Susanna Charlwood

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  • Sanctions Round Up: Third Quarter 2017

    11 Oct 2017

    The third quarter was headlined by the imposition of broad new US legislative sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea.  The Trump Administration also acted unilaterally to significantly expand sanctions against both North Korea and Venezuela, while removing decades-old sanctions against Sudan.  OFAC continued its recent trend of pursuing enforcement actions again non-financial entities.

  • The English High Court Rules in Favour of Air Cargo Defendants Regarding Temporal Scope of Claimants’ Claims

    5 Oct 2017

    On 4 October 2017, the High Court gave a judgment on a preliminary issue significantly restricting the temporal scope of the claimants’ claims in four air cargo cartel damages actions.

  • Sanctions Round Up: First Half 2017

    6 Jul 2017

    The first six months of the Trump Administration saw several notable developments for US sanctions, with particular implications for Russia and Iran.  The Administration also declared a shift in US policy toward Cuba.  Meanwhile, OFAC concluded a major enforcement effort against the Chinese firm ZTE, imposing the largest fine on record against a non-financial entity.

  • 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.

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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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