David J. Ribner

Counsel

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David Ribner

David J. Ribner’s practice focuses on counseling U.S. and non-U.S. clients on international trade and investment regulatory matters, including trade and anticorruption compliance. His clients span a variety of industries, with a focus on companies operating in the technology and energy sectors.

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Honors & Awards

  • Named "Up & Coming" by Chambers USA for International Trade: CFIUS Experts (2021-2022); Chambers Global for International Trade: CFIUS Experts (2022)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for International Trade (2020-2022)
  • Named to the Washington, DC Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (2016-2019)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • King's College London, University of London M.A.
  • Columbia University, B.A.

Professional Activities

Publications

Speaker

  • Panelist, "Hot Compliance Issues-Russia Sanctions," State Bar of Texas, 21st Annual Course-Advanced In-House Counsel (August 2022)
  • Presenter, “U.S.-China Venture Capital: Trends and Regulatory Challenges,” AmCham Shanghai (January 2020)
  • Presenter, “CFIUS for Startups and Investors,” Silicon Catalyst Angels (December 2019)
  • Panelist, “Everything Old is New Again: CFIUS and FIRRMA – How Will the Potential Changes Affect FDI in Your Company?” 97th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo (June 2018)

Client Alerts (Most Recent)

  • “FCC Bans New Licenses for the Import and Use of Certain Chinese Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Equipment” (O’Melveny National Security Alert, December 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Sid Mody, John Dermody)
  • "CFIUS Issues Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, October 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Damilola G. Arowolaju)
  • "United States Imposes New Restrictions on Exports of Advanced Computing Chips and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items to China" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, October 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody, Youjin Kwon)
  • "United States Expands Sanctions Targeting Russia in Response to Russia’s Purported Annexation of Regions of Ukraine" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, October 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Youjin Kwon)
  • "Biden Administration Issues Policy Directive on National Security Reviews of Foreign Investments in U.S. Businesses" (O’Melveny & Myers  International Trade Alert, September 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Damilola G. Arowolaju)
  • "U.S. Economic Sanctions and Export Controls on Russia and Belarus Expand, with Further Measures Likely" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, September 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "Biden Administration Further Expands Sanctions on Russia as War in Ukraine Continues" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, May 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Damilola G. Arowolaju)
  • "United States Expands Sanctions Against Russia’s Defense-Industrial Sector and Russian Elites" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, March 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "United States Adds New Sanctions Targeting Russia" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, March 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Dillon Roseen)
  • "United States Expands Sanctions on Russia to Target Energy Sector" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, March 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "Biden Administration Continues to Broaden Economic Sanctions on Russia in Response to Ongoing Aggression in Ukraine" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, March 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "Biden Administration Issues Second Set of Sanctions on Russia Broadly Targeting the Financial and High-Tech Sectors" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, February 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "Biden Administration Issues Initial Set of Sanctions in Response to Russian Invasion of Eastern Ukraine" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, February 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "The US Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force Seeks Public Comment on Implementation of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, February 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "CFIUS Adds New Zealand to List of Countries Eligible for Preferential Treatment and Determines Australia and Canada Meet Requirements for Key CFIUS Exemptions" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, January 2022) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "The Biden Administration Ends the Year with Several National Security-Driven Measures Targeting China" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, December 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "CFIUS Extends Deadline for Australia, Canada, and UK to Implement Eligibility Requirements for Key CFIUS Exemptions" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, November 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum)
  • "New OFAC Compliance Guidance for the Virtual Currency Industry Provides Insights into OFAC’s Compliance Expectations that are Useful for Both the Virtual Currency Industry and the Broader Corporate Community" (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, October 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody)
  • “Biden Administration Recalibrates Executive Order Prohibiting Investments in Publicly Traded Securities of Certain Chinese Companies” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, June 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody)
  • “Biden Administration Issues New Targeted Economic Sanctions On Russia” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, April 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody)
  • “FCC Lists Certain Chinese Telecom Equipment as National Security Risk” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, March 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody)
  • “Commerce Department’s New Technology Supply Chain Rules Leave Many Unanswered Questions” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, February 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, Tod Cohen, John Dermody)
  • “EU Commission Publishes Text of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment” (O’Melveny & Myers Antitrust & Competition Alert, January 2021) (with Ben Bradshaw, Riccardo Celli, Courtney Dyer, Andrew Frackman, Yoji Maeda, Philip Monaghan, Anna T. Pletcher, Katrina Robson, Ian Simmons, Michael Tubach, Christian Peeters, Courtney C. Byrd, Kieran Humphrey, Stephen McIntyre, Philippe Nogues, Charles Paillard, Scott Schaeffer, and Sergei Zaslavsky)
  • “Unfinished Business and Potential New Directions: The Biden Administration Faces Many Decisions in Addressing Trump Administration Measures Targeting China and other National Security Threats” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, January 2021) (with Greta Lichtenbaum, John Dermody, and Paras Shah)
  • “China Issues Rules to Counteract ‘Unjustified’ Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Laws” (O’Melveny & Myers International Trade Alert, January 2021) (with Walker J. Wallace, Greta Lichtenbaum, Carl Erik Heiberg, and Qianru Hong)

Representative CFIUS Experience

  • IBM in connection with multiple transactions, including the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo, the sale of its global semiconductor manufacturing business to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and the sale of select IBM software products to HCL Technologies
  • Mitsui & Co. in connection with its acquisition of Spaceflight, Inc., a space launch rideshare company, and its investment in Airspan Networks Inc., a communications equipment company
  • A European multinational company in connection with CFIUS matters involving multiple acquisitions of US physical and logical access control and security equipment businesses
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. in its acquisition by Macdonald, Dettweiler and Associates Ltd.
  • OMERS Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment manager of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, in the US$800 million sale of portfolio company Airports Worldwide to Vinci Airports, a subsidiary of Vinci Group
  • Mentor Graphics Corporation in its US$4.5 billion acquisition by Siemens Industry, Inc., a leader in global technology, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation, and digitalization
  • Analogix Semiconductor in its acquisition by Beijing Shanhai Capital Management Co, Ltd.
  • A buyer consortium led by Yunfeng Capital, TF Capital and Tony (Bizuo) Liu, in a going private transaction involving Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG).
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Alerts and Publications

FCC Bans New Licenses for the Import and Use of Certain Chinese Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Equipment

December 5, 2022

CFIUS Issues Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines

October 27, 2022

United States Imposes New Restrictions on Exports of Advanced Computing Chips and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items to China

October 11, 2022

United States Expands Sanctions Targeting Russia in Response to Russia’s Purported Annexation of Regions of Ukraine

October 3, 2022

Biden Administration Issues Policy Directive on National Security Reviews of Foreign Investments in U.S. Businesses

September 23, 2022

U.S. Economic Sanctions and Export Controls on Russia and Belarus Expand, with Further Measures Likely

September 22, 2022

Biden Administration Further Expands Sanctions on Russia as War in Ukraine Continues

May 16, 2022

United States Expands Sanctions Against Russia’s Defense-Industrial Sector and Russian Elites

March 25, 2022

United States Adds New Sanctions Targeting Russia

March 14, 2022

United States Expands Sanctions on Russia to Target Energy Sector

March 9, 2022

Biden Administration Continues to Broaden Economic Sanctions on Russia in Response to Ongoing Aggression in Ukraine

March 4, 2022

Biden Administration Issues Second Set of Sanctions on Russia Broadly Targeting the Financial and High-Tech Sectors

February 25, 2022

Biden Administration Issues Initial Set of Sanctions in Response to Russian Invasion of Eastern Ukraine

February 23, 2022

The US Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force Seeks Public Comment on Implementation of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

February 1, 2022

CFIUS Adds New Zealand to List of Countries Eligible for Preferential Treatment and Determines Australia and Canada Meet Requirements for Key CFIUS Exemptions

January 25, 2022

The Biden Administration Ends the Year with Several National Security-Driven Measures Targeting China

December 29, 2021

CFIUS Extends Deadline for Australia, Canada, and UK to Implement Eligibility Requirements for Key CFIUS Exemptions

November 23, 2021

New OFAC Compliance Guidance for the Virtual Currency Industry Provides Insights into OFAC’s Compliance Expectations that are Useful for Both the Virtual Currency Industry and the Broader Corporate Community

October 19, 2021

Biden Administration Recalibrates Executive Order Prohibiting Investments in Publicly Traded Securities of Certain Chinese Companies

June 7, 2021

Biden Administration Recalibrates Executive Order Prohibiting Investments in Publicly Traded Securities of Certain Chinese Companies

June 7, 2021

Biden Administration Issues New Targeted Economic Sanctions On Russia

April 16, 2021

FCC Lists Certain Chinese Telecom Equipment as National Security Risk

March 17, 2021

Commerce Department’s New Technology Supply Chain Rules Leave Many Unanswered Questions

February 2, 2021

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