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Richard Elliott

Richard Elliott

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP2001 K Street NWWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaUSA20006-1047

Global Leader

Foreign Investment Review 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Richard Elliott ranks highly among peers for his deep knowledge of foreign investment review and related regulation.  


Richard S Elliott is international trade counsel, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. His practice consists of regulatory and advisory projects, internal investigations and enforcement matters involving international trade, investment and finance matters. His areas of practice include sanctions and export controls, CFIUS reviews, anti-bribery and anti-boycott restrictions, defence industrial security matters and international trade and investment disputes.

Richard has handled CFIUS reviews and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters for three decades, and has almost four decades of experience working with sanctions and export control issues. He has managed a number of international internal investigations, particularly in connection with alleged violations of anti-bribery and sanctions laws. He regularly assists a broad range of companies and financial institutions in addressing sanctions, anti-bribery and national security issues in connection with international acquisitions and securities offerings, including the provision of due diligence assessments; advising on contractual and structural matters; and obtaining regulatory approvals. Richard is recognised in Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the international trade: export controls and economic sanctions category, and the international trade: CFIUS experts category. He is recognised as a leading global attorney in the foreign investment review category in WWL: M&A and Governance (2019); and he has been named one of the 25 most respected sanctions lawyers in Washington, DC, by Global Investigations Review.

From September 1981 to August 1984, Richard served as an attorney-adviser in the US State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. Previously, he participated in a joint degree programme between Columbia Law School and Princeton University, graduating with a JD from Columbia and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton. At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and the Columbia Society of International Law; at Princeton, he concentrated in international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. As an undergrad at Trinity College, Richard was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned honours in political science, and received a number of prizes in economics and political science.

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