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Robert Dura is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on the compliance, regulatory and transactional issues faced by firms in the global finance industry.

Mr. Dura regularly counsels domestic and foreign clientsbanking institutions, non-bank lenders, asset managers, insurance companies, other financial services firms and industry associationson the regulations and guidance of the federal financial regulators, particularly the banking agencies, and assists in the development and implementation of effective compliance solutions.

He also advises clients on issues related to financial regulatory reform, assisting in their participation in the rule-making process and outreach to domestic regulatory authorities and international standard-setting bodies.

Mr. Dura is especially active in the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Economic Sanctions practices. He counsels domestic and foreign firms on their AML and sanctions compliance obligations, including under the regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Mr. Dura regularly supports the firm’s Private Equity, M&A, Finance and White Collar Defense practices in transactional and enforcement matters involving AML or sanctions-related issues.

Mr. Dura's recent articles include “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses SEC Guidance on Ukraine Disclosure Obligations,” CLS Blue Sky Blog (May, 2022); “FinCEN Issues Advisory on Kleptocracy and Foreign Public Corruption,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement (April, 2022); “Debevoise Discusses Russia, Sanctions, and Digital Assets,” CLS Blue Sky Blog (March, 2022); “Trade sanctions for financial institutions: Beyond OFSI and OFAC,” Financial Institutions Sanctions Compliance (May, 2021); “Enforcement Scrutiny Falling on Individuals,” The National Law Journal (May, 2015), “Russian Sanctions: Six Things Every GP Should Know,” Private Funds Management (December, 2014); and “United States Expands Sanctions on Russia,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report (Lexis/Nexis) (October, 2014). He also contributes regularly to the firm’s Client Updates and bi-monthly Sanctions Alert.

Mr. Dura received an M.Sc. (with distinction) in Law and Finance from Oxford University, a J.D. from Georgetown Law Center, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and Global Law Scholar, an M.A. from Georgetown’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at the Graduate School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from Columbia University, where he was a John W. Kluge Scholar.

Mr. Dura is a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars.


  • University of Oxford, 2013, M.Sc
  • Georgetown University Law Center, 2012, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, 2007, M.A.
  • Columbia University, 2004, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia