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Nicole focuses on international commercial litigation, government investigations and international sanctions matters.
Her practice has a truly global reach. She counsels foreign states, financial institutions and multinational corporations in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Clients benefit from Nicole's skill and experience in navigating complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in federal and state courts at all levels. Her cases typically involve questions of foreign sovereign immunity, issues arising under foreign and international law, terrorism litigation, the act of state and political question doctrines and garnishee actions involving OFAC-blocked assets.
Nicole also advises clients on the pursuit and development of global business opportunities in compliance with US and international sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, Sudan and Syria, among others. In this regard, she handles government investigations and enforcement actions, compliance audits, and licensing and regulatory matters.
She currently chairs White & Case's Global Women's Initiative Committee.
Successful defense of major Saudi bank alleged to have financially supported terrorism. Won pre-trial dismissal of US$1 billion claim in Southern District of New York. Won appeal in Second Circuit.
Successful defense of Central Bank of Jordan in federal action brought by foreign banker. Prevailed on pre-discovery motion to dismiss. Won appeal in DC Circuit.
Successful defense of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in federal action brought by Iraqi national alleging wrongful seizure of bank. Prevailed in district court and in DC Circuit.
Successful defense of Libyan Government in multi-billion-dollar US litigation. Negotiated historic US-Libya bilateral agreement resolving such litigation.
Successful defense of the Republic of Indonesia and its agencies and instrumentalities in district court and on appeal in an action involving fraudulent banking and securities transactions.
Successful defense of a Russian state-owned entity in a lawsuit in US court seeking preliminary injunction and specific performance while the dispute was being arbitrated in Sweden.Won dismissal of the lawsuit.
Successful defense of major Norwegian shipping company in civil and criminal investigation of OFAC sanctions violations.
Representation of testing, inspection and certification company in OFAC investigation.
Representation of a global financial institution before the DOJ and CFTC in connection with investigations into possible violations of federal and state antitrust and fraud laws, as well as the Commodities Exchange Act.
Representation of European, Middle Eastern and Asian financial institutions and manufacturers on OFAC licensing and sanctions compliance matters.
Conduct internal investigations in support of voluntary self-disclosures to OFAC and BIS of apparent sanctions and export control violations.
Obtain OFAC licenses to unblock funds transfers erroneously blocked by US financial institutions and authorizing transactions related to the export of medicine and medical devices to Iran, Syria, and Sudan.
Advise Russian companies in various economic sectors on OFAC Ukraine-/Russia-related sanctions.
Advise European financial institutions and energy companies on developments in US primary and secondary sanctions against Iran and in US sanctions against Cuba.
"Global Considerations: Resolving Differences Between US, EU and Canadian Sanctions", December 1-2, 2015: ACI Economic Sanctions Bootcamp (forthcoming)
“International Sanctions At A Glance”, December 10, 2014: ICC-Russia (Moscow)
"Corporate Responsibility and the Alien Tort Statute: Perspectives and Alternatives", March 27, 2012: Symposium presented by the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Center on Transnational Business and the Law, and the American Society of International Law (Washington, DC)