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Cari N. Stinebower

Partner in Washington, DC

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Education

Cari N. Stinebower is a member of Winston & Strawn’s White Collar, Regulatory Defense & Investigations Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She also works closely with colleagues in the Global Privacy & Data Security Practice, Financial Services, Corporate, and Complex Commercial Litigation groups.

Cari counsels clients on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, export controls, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. She works with financial institutions and multi-national corporations to develop compliance programs, conduct AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) risk assessments, conduct internal investigations, respond to government investigations, and address potential conflicts of law arising from non-U.S. data privacy and "blocking" laws and regulations. Cari also works with industry groups to develop sanctions and AML best practices policies and procedures.

Cari served as counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's OFAC and as a Programs Officer for OFAC, where she advised on sanctions and anti-terrorism legislation, drafted United Nations Security Council Resolutions and related executive orders. Cari acted as agency counsel in Treasury's defense of a number of challenges to OFAC's authority, whether in litigation related to enforcement actions or in response to congressional investigations. As a result of her work at Treasury, Cari received the Secretary of the Treasury's Certificate for her role in providing guidance in the war against terrorism, establishing a program targeting the Taliban, working with the interagency group to unwind the first sanctions targeting the government of Libya, and drafting the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Cari is a frequent writer and speaker on sanctions, AML and anti-corruption/anti-bribery related issues and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Reuters, Bloomberg and MoneyLaundering.com. Cari also serves on Law360's 2022 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

She is a member of the American Bar Association's Gatekeepers' Task Force and a Vice-Chair of the ABA's Anti-Money Laundering subcommittee.

Cari has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Georgetown Law School, and the University of Zurich.

Experience

Government Experience

Department of the Treasury—Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Foreign Assets Control (2001-2005); Office of International Programs, Office of Foreign Assets Control (1999-2001)

Representative Experience

  • Working with Middle Eastern Financial Regulator to establish and review anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance requirements for foreign financial institutions operating in that jurisdiction.
  • Represented European financial institution in multiple-agency investigation into sanctions and money laundering violations relating to avoiding Iran sanctions.
  • Work with U.S. manufacturer to maintain risk-based sanctions and export controls compliance program, addressing EU and Canadian blocking statutes.
  • Work with non-U.S. insurers and reinsurers to address rapidly evolving sanctions compliance obligations stemming from termination of U.S. involvement in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • Together with U.S. heavy equipment manufacturer, address evolving sanctions on Venezuela, incorporating anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance; apply for license applications from OFAC to wind down obligations in Venezuela.
  • Represent client before OFAC in filing a de-listing petition.
  • Navigate primary and secondary sanctions exposure risk for non-U.S. client engaged in acquisition of equipment where Russian banks are involved in financing.

Some of the experience represented here may have been handled at a previous firm.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a  “Key Lawyer” by The Legal 500 U.S. (2021), Transport: Aviation and Air Travel- Finance
  • Named a 2020 Law360 MVP in the International Trade category
  • Named a 2019 Government Relations Trailblazer by the National Law Journal
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2018-2021, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2019-2022, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions – USA
  • Ranked by The Legal 500 in the International Trade category for her sanctions and anti-corruption work
  • Ranked by The Legal 500 Latin America: International Firms – Recognized Lawyer for Compliance & Investigations
  • Ranked as Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latinvex 2018-2021 for her anti-corruption work

Activities

Memberships and professional activities:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Administrative Law Member
  • Vice Chair, Section of International Law, International Anti-Money Laundering and Professional Ethics Committee (2008 – Present)
  • ABA Gatekeepers Task Force Member

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-panelist, “International Trade: 2021 Year End Review and Predictions for 2022,” Winston & Strawn Webinar, January 20, 2022
  • Co-panelist, “Iran: What to Expect from Current Iran Negotiations and Will Opportunities Open in 2022?” American Conference Institute U.S. Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance Conference, December 7, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “China Landscape: Staying Compliant with Rapidly Changing Export Controls and Sanctions Regulations,” American Conference Institute, April 27, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “Trade, National Security and the Future of US-China Economic Relations,” NFTC's 2021 Virtual Conference and Awards Ceremony, January 12, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “Changing Hands: International Trade Under a New Administration,” Winston & Strawn Webinar, December 17, 2020 
  • Co-panelist, “Economic Sanctions 2021: What to Expect from the New Administration,” ACAMS U.S. Capital Chapter Panel, November 13, 2020
  • Presenter, “The Moving Target of Sanctions Compliance,” First Risk and Compliance Forum, October 8, 2020
  • Co-moderator, “International Supply Chain and the U.S. Government Focus on China,” Winston & Strawn's Disruptive Technologies Legal Summit, September 30, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Third Party Management: Everyone Talks about Due Diligence, but how do we Operationalize it?” Consero, September 2020
  • Co-panelists, “Russia Deep Dive: Staying Compliant with Primary and Secondary Sanctions Restrictions,” American Conference Institute, July 28, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Next Generation Screening: Pairing Artificial intelligence with Risk Intelligence,”  Kharon & Accuity, August 20, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Implications for the Danish Maritime Community of Recent U.S. Government Sanctions Guidance,” Winston & Strawn, June 2, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Sanctions and the Shipping Sector," Center for a New American Security, May 27, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Recent Trends in Sanctions,” Winston & Strawn, April 29, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “How to deter Russian aggression in an election year: Legislative options,” Atlantic Council, March 16, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Sanctions: What are they good for?” American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) March 1, 2020
  • Moderator, “Gas Beyond an Energy Source – An Enabler of Trade and Industrialization in Latin America” Powering Africa Summit / Latin America Energy Forum, February 24, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Helms Burton Act Roundtable” American Society of International Law, Miami, Florida, February 14, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “A 20/20 View on 2020’s Legislative and Regulatory Outlook” ACAMS Annual Anti-Financial Crime and Public Policy Conference, Washington, DC, February 6, 2020
  • Airline Economics Growth Frontiers, “Economic Sanctions Developments and Disruptions for the Aviation Finance Sector”, Dublin, Ireland January 20, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Surviving the Tsunami of Global Regulations” Caribbean Regional Compliance Association Conference, St Lucia, November 8, 2019
  • Speaker, “Disruptive Worldwide Landscape” Silicon Valley Disruptive Technologies Summit, Santa Clara, California, September 11, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, August 1, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” Beijing, China, July 25, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “International Update: Sanctions, Export Controls, and Immunity,” Legal Issues in Museum Administration, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2019
  • Moderator, “Global standards, best practices and key challenges for international financial institutions in managing sanctions related risks,” Kharon Global Sanctions Summit, New York, New York, April 8, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “International Sanctions: Status Quo?” 5th Meeting on Financial Services Compliance, EIZ, Europa Institute at University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, November 13, 2018
  • Co-presenter, “Bribery and corruption, money laundering, and sanctions: understanding financial crime risks and their impact on shipping,” 2018 MLA AGM, Franschhoek, South Africa, September 1, 2018

Cari N. Stinebower

Partner in Washington, DC

Cari N. Stinebower is a member of Winston & Strawn’s White Collar, Regulatory Defense & Investigations Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She also works closely with colleagues in the Global Privacy & Data Security Practice, Financial Services, Corporate, and Complex Commercial Litigation groups.

Cari counsels clients on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, export controls, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. She works with financial institutions and multi-national corporations to develop compliance programs, conduct AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) risk assessments, conduct internal investigations, respond to government investigations, and address potential conflicts of law arising from non-U.S. data privacy and "blocking" laws and regulations. Cari also works with industry groups to develop sanctions and AML best practices policies and procedures.

Cari served as counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's OFAC and as a Programs Officer for OFAC, where she advised on sanctions and anti-terrorism legislation, drafted United Nations Security Council Resolutions and related executive orders. Cari acted as agency counsel in Treasury's defense of a number of challenges to OFAC's authority, whether in litigation related to enforcement actions or in response to congressional investigations. As a result of her work at Treasury, Cari received the Secretary of the Treasury's Certificate for her role in providing guidance in the war against terrorism, establishing a program targeting the Taliban, working with the interagency group to unwind the first sanctions targeting the government of Libya, and drafting the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Cari is a frequent writer and speaker on sanctions, AML and anti-corruption/anti-bribery related issues and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Reuters, Bloomberg and MoneyLaundering.com. Cari also serves on Law360's 2022 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board.

She is a member of the American Bar Association's Gatekeepers' Task Force and a Vice-Chair of the ABA's Anti-Money Laundering subcommittee.

Cari has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Georgetown Law School, and the University of Zurich.

Honors and Awards

Trailblazer
The National Law Journal
Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Chambers Global
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Latin America
Top 100
Lawyer
Latinvex
Legal
500
The Legal 500 Latin America
  • Recognized as a  “Key Lawyer” by The Legal 500 U.S. (2021), Transport: Aviation and Air Travel- Finance
  • Named a 2020 Law360 MVP in the International Trade category
  • Named a 2019 Government Relations Trailblazer by the National Law Journal
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2018-2021, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2019-2022, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions – USA
  • Ranked by The Legal 500 in the International Trade category for her sanctions and anti-corruption work
  • Ranked by The Legal 500 Latin America: International Firms – Recognized Lawyer for Compliance & Investigations
  • Ranked as Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latinvex 2018-2021 for her anti-corruption work

Activities

Memberships and professional activities:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Administrative Law Member
  • Vice Chair, Section of International Law, International Anti-Money Laundering and Professional Ethics Committee (2008 – Present)
  • ABA Gatekeepers Task Force Member

Education

American University
JD, 1996
American University
MA, 1996
Amherst College
BA, 1993

Admissions

MD
Maryland
DC
District of Columbia

Some of the experience represented below may have been handled at a previous firm.

Government Experience

Department of the Treasury—Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Foreign Assets Control (2001-2005); Office of International Programs, Office of Foreign Assets Control (1999-2001)

Representative Experience

  • Working with Middle Eastern Financial Regulator to establish and review anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance requirements for foreign financial institutions operating in that jurisdiction.
  • Represented European financial institution in multiple-agency investigation into sanctions and money laundering violations relating to avoiding Iran sanctions.
  • Work with U.S. manufacturer to maintain risk-based sanctions and export controls compliance program, addressing EU and Canadian blocking statutes.
  • Work with non-U.S. insurers and reinsurers to address rapidly evolving sanctions compliance obligations stemming from termination of U.S. involvement in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • Together with U.S. heavy equipment manufacturer, address evolving sanctions on Venezuela, incorporating anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance; apply for license applications from OFAC to wind down obligations in Venezuela.
  • Represent client before OFAC in filing a de-listing petition.
  • Navigate primary and secondary sanctions exposure risk for non-U.S. client engaged in acquisition of equipment where Russian banks are involved in financing.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-panelist, “International Trade: 2021 Year End Review and Predictions for 2022,” Winston & Strawn Webinar, January 20, 2022
  • Co-panelist, “Iran: What to Expect from Current Iran Negotiations and Will Opportunities Open in 2022?” American Conference Institute U.S. Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance Conference, December 7, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “China Landscape: Staying Compliant with Rapidly Changing Export Controls and Sanctions Regulations,” American Conference Institute, April 27, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “Trade, National Security and the Future of US-China Economic Relations,” NFTC's 2021 Virtual Conference and Awards Ceremony, January 12, 2021
  • Co-panelist, “Changing Hands: International Trade Under a New Administration,” Winston & Strawn Webinar, December 17, 2020 
  • Co-panelist, “Economic Sanctions 2021: What to Expect from the New Administration,” ACAMS U.S. Capital Chapter Panel, November 13, 2020
  • Presenter, “The Moving Target of Sanctions Compliance,” First Risk and Compliance Forum, October 8, 2020
  • Co-moderator, “International Supply Chain and the U.S. Government Focus on China,” Winston & Strawn's Disruptive Technologies Legal Summit, September 30, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Third Party Management: Everyone Talks about Due Diligence, but how do we Operationalize it?” Consero, September 2020
  • Co-panelists, “Russia Deep Dive: Staying Compliant with Primary and Secondary Sanctions Restrictions,” American Conference Institute, July 28, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Next Generation Screening: Pairing Artificial intelligence with Risk Intelligence,”  Kharon & Accuity, August 20, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Implications for the Danish Maritime Community of Recent U.S. Government Sanctions Guidance,” Winston & Strawn, June 2, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Sanctions and the Shipping Sector," Center for a New American Security, May 27, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Recent Trends in Sanctions,” Winston & Strawn, April 29, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “How to deter Russian aggression in an election year: Legislative options,” Atlantic Council, March 16, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Sanctions: What are they good for?” American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) March 1, 2020
  • Moderator, “Gas Beyond an Energy Source – An Enabler of Trade and Industrialization in Latin America” Powering Africa Summit / Latin America Energy Forum, February 24, 2020
  • Co-panelist, “Helms Burton Act Roundtable” American Society of International Law, Miami, Florida, February 14, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “A 20/20 View on 2020’s Legislative and Regulatory Outlook” ACAMS Annual Anti-Financial Crime and Public Policy Conference, Washington, DC, February 6, 2020
  • Airline Economics Growth Frontiers, “Economic Sanctions Developments and Disruptions for the Aviation Finance Sector”, Dublin, Ireland January 20, 2020
  • Co-presenter, “Surviving the Tsunami of Global Regulations” Caribbean Regional Compliance Association Conference, St Lucia, November 8, 2019
  • Speaker, “Disruptive Worldwide Landscape” Silicon Valley Disruptive Technologies Summit, Santa Clara, California, September 11, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, August 1, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “U.S. Sanctions and Export Control – Are you up to speed and prepared?” Beijing, China, July 25, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “International Update: Sanctions, Export Controls, and Immunity,” Legal Issues in Museum Administration, Washington, D.C., March 21, 2019
  • Moderator, “Global standards, best practices and key challenges for international financial institutions in managing sanctions related risks,” Kharon Global Sanctions Summit, New York, New York, April 8, 2019
  • Co-presenter, “International Sanctions: Status Quo?” 5th Meeting on Financial Services Compliance, EIZ, Europa Institute at University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, November 13, 2018
  • Co-presenter, “Bribery and corruption, money laundering, and sanctions: understanding financial crime risks and their impact on shipping,” 2018 MLA AGM, Franschhoek, South Africa, September 1, 2018

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