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Donald Ridings

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Don Ridings is a litigator whose practice focuses on international arbitration, complex civil litigation, and anti-corruption compliance. As co-chair of the firm’s Anti-Corruption Practice Group, Mr. Ridings advises clients on a range of compliance issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery regimes. He counsels clients on proposed transactions, guides companies as they develop or strengthen their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls, develops and delivers tailored training programs, leads internal investigations, and represents clients before enforcement authorities. Over the past decade he has advised scores of companies and organizations from around the world representing nearly every major industry.


Management and Communication Trainer, Tokyo, Japan (1994-1996). Legislative Aide to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (1991-1994)


The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (highest honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review). Sussex University, M.A., Harvard University, A.B.

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

Led out of its Washington DC headquarters by Stuart Eizenstat and Peter Lichtenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP’s team provides ‘savvy and sophisticated advice’ that is mindful of both legal and policy concerns. Benefiting from the experience of numerous former high-ranking government officials, including Eizenstat, former US ambassador to the EU, and John Veroneau, a former deputy US trade representative (USTR), the team has ‘excellent connections with all the major players in DC’ and is ‘absolutely superb on trade policy issues’. Praised for its ‘ability to anticipate government concerns’, the team is also a top choice for advice to domestic and international corporates on their trade strategies and in the context of economic sanctions and export controls, where the ‘terrificPeter Flanagan stands out. Corinne Goldstein has ‘a keen understanding of the various regulatory regimes’ and is particularly accomplished at advising clients on the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Led by David Fagan and Mark Plotkin, the firm’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice is recognized as ‘among the very best for managing national security issues in very sensitive matters’. In a deal which attracted intense scrutiny, Fagan and Plotkin advised NXP Semiconductors on the $2.7bn sale of its Standard Products business to Chinese government-owned funds. The pair also secured clearance for Altice pertaining to the $9.1bn acquisition of Suddenlink and $17.7bn acquisition of Cablevision. The team is rounded out by counsel Shara Aranoff and Alexander Chinoy on the customs front, and Steve Fagell and Donald Ridings, who jointly head the anti-corruption sub group.

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