Akrivis Law Group, PLLC
Akrivis Law Group, PLLC: Legal services in Washington, D.C.
Farhad Alavi is Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC in Washington
His practice focuses on international and domestic corporate matters and complex trade issues (including U.S. sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption regulations, and compliance), as well as multinational investment, banking & finance.
Mr Alavi’s clients include major multinational companies around the world, small and medium businesses, and high net worth individuals.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr Alavi previously practised in several top-tier global law firms in Washington, most notably Baker & McKenzie LLP and Holland & Knight LLP, where he also had a dual, concurrent appointment in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.
At Baker & McKenzie, he practised mainly in the fields of U.S.
trade as well as oil & gas and project finance matters. Mr Alavi’s vast experience spans international sanctions, export controls, customs, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
He advises clients regularly before the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS).
In addition to trade compliance, Mr Alavi also advises clients on enforcement/ defence matters related to U.S. sanctions and export controls.
These include criminal defence litigation matters related to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).
He has also provided expert opinion for litigation on issues relating to the application of U.S. sanctions laws.
Alavi is often quoted by and/or cited in top international and trade publications and news agencies around the world such as The New York Times, CNN Money, AFP, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal
Washington Post, and Georgetown Journal of International Law, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera English & Arabic, CGTN America, BBC Persian, Voice of America (VOA) Persian, and Al-Hurra, among others.
He also regularly lectures on trade compliance matters in the United States and abroad.
Mr Alavi’s corporate law experience spans a range of such areas such as international joint venture, distribution, and financing agreements. He has particular experience in the energy, defense, finance, healthcare, food & beverage, and hospitality industries, and is especially well-versed in issues related to projects and dealings involving key emerging and frontier markets, including China, Latin America, and the MENA region, with emphasis on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, as well as on Sharia-compliant financing.
Born and raised in Virginia, Mr Alavi maintains native fluency in Persian (Farsi), is fluent in Spanish, and has knowledge of German and Arabic.
He also maintains the U.S. Sanctions weblog.
Mr Alavi has served multiple terms on the national Board of Directors of the Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA).
He is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Abu Dhabi Chapter.