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U.S. Sanctions Relating to the Unrest in Ukraine: Compliance Challenges

Speaker(s): Corinne A. Goldstein, Stephan E. Becker
Recorded on: Oct. 9, 2014
PLI Program #: 61512

Corinne Goldstein counsels clients on the application to their worldwide operations of U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, and anti-boycott programs. She has particular expertise advising on all of the sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including the U.S. sanctions against Iran, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, and Burma/Myanmar, as well as list-based sanctions. Her clients include leading U.S. and non-U.S. companies in the oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, and general manufacturing sectors.

Ms. Goldstein’s work includes advising on complex interpretive issues, preparing corporate policies and procedures, developing compliance and training programs, securing licenses, conducting internal investigations of potential violations of applicable regulations, and representing clients in enforcement proceedings. Ms. Goldstein is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on the application of the U.S. sanctions programs to U.S. and non-U.S. parties. She also counsels clients concerning compliance with the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Defense Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), antiboycott programs administered by the Commerce and Treasury Departments, and restrictions on exports of nuclear technology and equipment administered by the U.S. Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Regulatory and Public Policy

  • International Trade


  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace, Defense, and National Security
  • Energy


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1976
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Michigan Law Review, Note Editor
  • Wellesley College, B.A., 1973
  • with Honors

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Mr. Becker is the leader of the International Trade Practice of the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  His practice encompasses a broad range of legal subjects in the areas of international trade regulation and international law.  He works with companies in a variety of industries, including semiconductors, aerospace, electronics, software, energy, and agriculture.

For over 30 years, Mr. Becker has advised U.S. and foreign companies, trade associations, and foreign governments on the full range of issues arising under the export control laws, including the Export Administration Act, the Arms Export Control Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the Trading with the Enemy Act.  He regularly assists companies in obtaining licenses from the Commerce Department, the State Department, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Mr. Becker has defended companies in both administrative and criminal enforcement actions involving alleged violations of the export control laws.  He regularly helps companies design and implement export control internal compliance programs.

Mr. Becker's practice also encompasses matters arising under the customs law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and international trade agreements such as the WTO and the NAFTA. 

Mr. Becker is acknowledged as a leading International Trade lawyer in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.