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Anita C. Esslinger

Partner

, Bryan Cave
Washington

Tel

1 202 508 6333

Fax

1 202 220 7633

London

Tel

44 20 3207 1224
anita.esslinger@bryancave.com
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Anita C. Esslinger

Partner


Washington and London



1155 F Street, N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, District of Columbia 20004-1357

Phone:

1 202 508 6333

Fax:

1 202 220 7633

email:

anita.esslinger@bryancave.com

Global Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team

Anita Esslinger has a general corporate and commercial practice relating to international business transactions. She is dual-qualified as an English solicitor and an American lawyer and is a partner in the London office, where she spent almost twenty years, and in the Washington DC office.

Ms. Esslinger advises clients in respect of distribution and marketing arrangements, licensing and related intellectual property issues, joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions. In addition, she advises clients on related UK and EU competition law issues and in connection with multi-jurisdictional merger filings.

In addition, Ms. Esslinger is a Co-Leader of the firm's Global Anti-Corruption Team (www.bryancave.com/gact).

She regularly advises clients with respect to international regulatory issues such as those involving US, UK and European export controls (both dual-use and military), sanctions laws and regulations, the UK Bribery Act 2010, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the OECD Convention and other international corruption initiatives. In addition to providing counseling to clients in these areas, she has participated in internal investigations and due diligence efforts involving these issues, as well as the development of corporate compliance and training program materials.

Examples of Ms. Esslinger’s work in the area of anti-corruption laws and regulations include:

  • Preparation of questionnaires and participation in due diligence interviews with potential agents and intermediaries, including in the Middle East, on behalf of a variety of clients, including multinational companies
  • M&A due diligence in connection with a variety of acquisitions and dispositions by multinational clients
  • Assistance in the development of compliance programs and auditing procedures for a number of clients and participation in internal audits
  • Training presentations
  • Participating in internal investigations for a number of companies
  • Acting as an independent compliance monitor for an international financial organisation
  • Reviewing, drafting and internationalizing compliance policies and procedures for various companies, including multinationals
  • Counseling and providing opinions on a variety of issues, including in respect of the use of intermediaries and in the context of privatizations and joint ventures involving a variety of countries
  • Drafting of appropriate contract provisions in a variety of transactions

She has written and spoken regularly on matters relating to international business, including at the 26th Annual Informa Global Trade Controls Conference in London in November 2013 (where she has been a regular contributor). She was a panel member speaking on 'Compliance and Internal Investigations: A UK Perspective' at the ABA 5th Annual Institute on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Washington DC in October 2012. She also spoke at the C5 6th Forum on Economic Sanctions in May 2012; at the ACI 3rd Advanced Summit on Complying with Global Encryption Controls in April 2012 in San Francisco; and the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime in September 2013 (her fifth consecutive year at this event).

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Recognised for International Trade work in Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, the international legal market's leading guide to the top women legal practitioners, 2012-2014
  • Nominated for “Best in International Trade” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s first Women in Business Law Awards, 2012-2014

Anita Esslinger has a general corporate and commercial practice relating to international business transactions. She is dual-qualified as an English solicitor and an American lawyer and is a partner in the London office, where she spent almost twenty years, and in the Washington DC office.

Her practice in the area of international business transactions includes a variety of corporate and commercial issues, including in respect of distribution and marketing arrangements, licensing and related intellectual property issues, joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions.

In addition, Ms. Esslinger is a Co-Leader of the firm's Global Anti-Corruption Team.

She regularly advises clients with respect to international regulatory issues such as those involving the UK Bribery Act 2010, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the OECD Convention and other anti-corruption initiatives, foreign military sales, US, EU and UK export controls and sanctions regulations, and EU and UK competition law.

She has written and spoken regularly on matters relating to international business.

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia, 1981

England and Wales, 2003

Missouri, 1978

Education

Saint Louis University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1978

Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1967

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Recognised for International Trade work in Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, the international legal market's leading guide to the top female legal practitioners, 2012-2014
  • Nominated for “Best in International Trade," Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2012-2014

Education

  • Saint Louis University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1978
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1967

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • England and Wales, 2003
  • Missouri, 1978

Committee/Leadership Roles

  • Ethics Committee

Awards & Recognition

Related Presentations

  • International Symposium on Economic Crime 2012: Corruption: The Boundaries Responsibilities for Encouraging Compliance by Subordinates Presentation 9/06/12 
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  • International Symposium on Economic Crime 2011: Responsibility for Risk
    Presentation 9/06/2011 
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