Tom Best


Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Tom Best is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office.  His practice is focused on international investigations and enforcement, international regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Best’s practice is focused on representing multinational companies, their boards of directors and individuals in international investigations and enforcement matters.  He has successfully represented clients in numerous matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other countries’ anti-corruption laws, US securities laws more generally, US and international economic sanctions and export controls, and anti-boycott prohibitions before the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other federal regulators and law enforcement agencies, and their counterparts outside the United States. 

Mr. Best regularly counsels clients in connection with compliance matters before the DOJ, SEC, US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).  His experience is global, with a particular focus on India, Sub-Saharan Africa, China and Southeast Asia, and Europe.  He works across a broad array of industries, including the oil and gas, metals and mining, consumer products, private equity, automotive, telecommunications, manufacturing, and professional services sectors.

Mr. Best also represents companies and individuals before the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in investigations of sanctionable practices, and in those institutions’ sanctions and debarment proceedings.