Robert Dura is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on U.S. trade and investment compliance frameworks and the related business risks presented by international commerce.
He advises companies, investors and non-profit organizations on matters relating to:
Economic and trade sanctions, particularly those administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
Export controls, including under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR);
Foreign investment restrictions administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS);
Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance obligations for financial institutions and criminal money laundering risks more generally;
Antiboycott requirements; and
Similar trade compliance considerations (e.g., the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the Commerce Department’s Supply Chain Rule).
His practice covers compliance/advisory, transactional and enforcement matters, including:
- conducting risk assessments and implementing compliance controls;
- providing training for employees, management and directors;
- advising on appropriate responses to identified concerns (red flags);
- assisting with outreach to US authorities for guidance;
- conducting due diligence on counterparties and potential acquisition targets;
- advising on corporate structuring for compliance and regulatory purposes;
- negotiating relevant provisions in corporate agreements;
- assisting new owners with remediation and development of compliance programs at newly acquired businesses;
- conducting internal reviews of potential violations;
- responding to government inquiries, requests or demands; and
- representing clients in regulatory enforcement proceedings, including through voluntary self-disclosures.
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.