David J. Ribner


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David J. Ribner counsels US and foreign clients on international trade and investment regulatory matters, including trade and anticorruption compliance. His practice focuses on advising clients seeking national security approvals of foreign investment by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Mr. Ribner also counsels clients on US economic sanctions, export controls, customs laws, and antiboycott regulations as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). His clients span a variety of industries, with a focus on companies operating in the technology and energy sectors.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for International Trade (2020)
  • Named to the Washington, DC Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (2016-2019)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


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

Professional Activities



  • 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)
  • Represents foreign investors and US companies in connection with obtaining clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. 
  • Counsels US and foreign clients on compliance with US sanctions, export controls, customs rules, and antiboycott laws. 
  • Conducts internal investigations relating to potential violations of economic sanctions laws, antiboycott laws, the FCPA, the EAR, and Census rules.
  • Represents US and foreign companies in connection with enforcement matters arising from potential violations of FCPA, economic sanctions, and export controls, including assisting clients in responding to subpoenas and other information requests from the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commerce Department's Office of Export Enforcement, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Advises companies on the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs in the areas of FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions, and the antiboycott laws.

Alerts and Publications

Commerce Department Prohibits Transactions with TikTok and WeChat

September 18, 2020

CFIUS Issues Final Rule Revising the Mandatory Declaration Requirement for Foreign Investments in US Businesses Involved with Critical Technologies

September 15, 2020

Trump Administration Continues to Target TikTok and Huawei

August 21, 2020

Department of Justice Issues Rare FCPA Advisory Opinion

August 20, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Prohibiting Transactions with TikTok and WeChat

August 9, 2020

U.S. Government Imposes National Security-Driven Procurement Restrictions on Federal Government Contractors that Will Impact Their Supply Chain

July 24, 2020

CFIUS Proposes Revision to Mandatory Declaration Requirement for Foreign Investments in US Businesses Involved with Critical Technologies

May 21, 2020

Keeping COVID-19 Charitable Giving Compliant: Taking Steps Now Can Avoid Legal Risk Later

May 18, 2020

United States Expands Export Controls Targeting Huawei’s Access to US Technology

May 18, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System

May 6, 2020

Treasury Issues Interim Rule for CFIUS Filing Fees

April 30, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Order Creating Telecommunications Assessment Committee

April 10, 2020

President Trump Orders Chinese Company to Divest Acquisition of US Hotel Software Company

March 9, 2020

Treasury Issues Proposed Rule for CFIUS Filing Fees

March 5, 2020

Treasury Finalizes New CFIUS Regulations

January 14, 2020

Department of Justice Revises Guidance on Export Control and Sanctions Enforcement Policy

December 17, 2019

Commerce Seeks Comment on Telecom Supply Chain Review Process

December 3, 2019

United States Lifts Sanctions on Turkish Government Ministries and Cabinet Officials

October 24, 2019

United States Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Government Ministries and Cabinet Officials

October 15, 2019

Treasury Issues Long-Awaited Proposed CFIUS Regulations

September 30, 2019

Expansion of US Economic Sanctions Measures on Iran, Venezuela, and Other Jurisdictions Compel Companies Operating Internationally to React Quickly

May 8, 2019

CFIUS Update: Interim Regulations, FIRRMA Pilot Program, and Proposed Rulemaking on Emerging Technologies

November 27, 2018

Energy Industry Impact of New CFIUS Pilot Program Rules

November 20, 2018

US Completes Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal with Conclusion of Wind-Down Period, Imposition of New Sanctions

November 6, 2018

Venture-Backed M&A: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in 2018

November 5, 2018

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