Sean Seelinger is a U.S.-trained lawyer based in London and a member of the firm’s government enforcement practice group. Sean’s practice focuses on government-initiated and internal investigations of cross-border anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and trade compliance matters, as well as advising private equity firms regarding risk associated with cross-border transactions. He also regularly advises multinational corporations on corruption, money laundering, and sanctions issues associated with prospective business agreements, and assists companies implement best-practice compliance programs. Sean also frequently assists newly acquired non-U.S. portfolio companies of U.S. private equity firms review their business to ensure compliance with applicable OFAC sanctions and make appropriate adjustments to their compliance programs.
Sean has deep experience advising on compliance risk in the energy industry. While previously based in the New York office, Sean was seconded to the Global Compliance Group of a Fortune 100 multinational oil & gas company. During his secondment, Sean led several internal investigations and assisted with the restructuring of the company’s anti-corruption and anti-boycott compliance program. Sean has also advised investors on energy investments in high-risk markets, particularly in Africa, and conducted on-the-ground assessments of potential local partners.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Sean served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New York. During his tenure he represented New York’s former Department of Insurance in one of the largest administrative law challenges in the state’s history.
- Represented international pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers as well as energy firms in numerous investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
- Frequently conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and trade compliance due diligence for corporate and private equity clients.
- Assisted multiple global energy companies with the restructuring of their compliance programs.
- Advises corporate and private equity clients regarding the impact of evolving economic and trade sanctions on existing business opportunities and potential transactions.
- Conducted deep-dive in-country risk assessments for a global energy company operating in high-risk markets.
- Assisted with the implementation of compliance program modifications and supervised monitoring efforts for an international medical device manufacturer.
- Represented an international pharmaceutical manufacturer in a FINRA investigation into pre-acquisition insider trading.
- Assisted an international pharmaceutical manufacturer with in-country post-acquisition diligence.
- Successfully represented a victim of political persecution in Haiti seeking political asylum in the United States.
- Co-author, “CFIUS Continues To Present Obstacle To Chinese Acquisitions,” Law360 (September 19, 2017)
- Co-author, “Self-Reporting to the Authorities and Other Disclosure Obligations: The US Perspective,” Global Investigations Review’s The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (January 2017)
- Co-author, “Practice Note: How to handle real estate compliance risks,” The FCPA Blog (August, 25, 2016)
- Co-author, “Compliance Alert: Enforcement hammer falls on real estate,” The FCPA Blog (August 23, 2016)
- Zachary Brez, Michael Casey and Sean Seelinger, “Potential Traps When Doing Business in Iran,” New York Law Journal (February 10, 2016)
- Co-author, “FinCEN’s Proposed AML Program & Reporting Requirement Rules,” Bloomberg BNA “Securities Regulation & Law Report” (December 2015)
- Co-author, “The UK Anti-Corruption Plan: what impact will it have?,” Global Investigations Review (March 9, 2015)
- Joshua Levy and Sean Seelinger, “DOJ ushers in a new era of post-plea compliance obligations,” Law360 (September 23, 2013)
- Yvonne Cristovici, Amanda Raad, and Sean Seelinger, “Medical Industries Under the Anticorruption Lens,” Corporate Counsel (April 15, 2013)
- Sean Seelinger, “Auction-Rate Securities: A Fast & Furious Fall,” North Carolina Banking Institute Journal (March 2009)