About Farhad Alavi


Farhad R. Alavi is a Washington, DC-based attorney and Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC, a boutique law firm advising clients on trade regulatory law (such as Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, export controls, customs, and anti-corruption maters), as well as broader international and cross-border corporate issues.Farhad - Informal Small

Mr. Alavi has worked as an attorney in major international law firms in Washington, and in one he was based in that firm’s Washington and Abu Dhabi offices.  He has also written and/or spoken extensively on matters related to international business transactions, U.S. sanctions laws, and Islamic (Shariah-compliant) Finance.

Mr. Alavi has been quoted in the Financial Times,  Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Asian Legal Business, and other major publications, has been published in the American Bar Association’s International Lawyer journal, has appeared on BBC World, BBC Persian, China Global Television Network (CGTN), Voice of America (VOA) and others, and has taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on international commercial transactions and U.S. sanctions laws.  He is internationally recognized on the topic of sanctions and export control matters and has spoken on this topic throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Middle East, representing clients from around the US and world on these subjects.

Mr. Alavi is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Mr. Alavi holds a LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law from Boston University, a J.D. from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.   He is a native speaker of English and Persian (Farsi), is fluent in Spanish, and has knowledge of German and Arabic.

Mr. Alavi also administers the US Sanctions website USSanctions.com, a blog on sanctions regulatory matters.

A full professional biography is available on the Akrivis Law Group website.

e-mail: Farhad[at]ILCommentary[dot]com.  

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