Mr David DiBari > Clifford Chance > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance
WASHINGTON DC 20006-1001
United States

Work Department

Regulatory enforcement & white collar, Litigation & dispute resolution, Aerospace & defence, Industrials


David D. DiBari is the practice area leader for US Litigation & Dispute Resolution, the US lead Partner for the Firm’s Global Risk Team, and the Managing Partner of Clifford Chance’s Washington, D.C. office. He has over 25 years of experience in complex civil, regulatory and criminal matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, US economic sanctions and export controls, US securities and banking laws and regulations, and other laws and regulations affecting the conduct of international business. David has extensive experience in defending global companies in multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation, advising companies on crisis management, and in developing and implementing cross-border risk mitigation and compliance programs.

David has represented both domestic and multi-national companies before the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve, New York Department of Financial Services, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, US Congress and other Federal and state authorities and SROs

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Clifford Chance‘s team (which is ‘fantastic to work with‘) is well placed to handle cross-border matters, drawing on its strong global network. The group is led from Washington DC by David DiBari, and, together with Wendy Wysong, who splits her time between Washington DC and Hong Kong, is representing Chinese telecoms giant ZTE through the settlement of the concurrent DOJ, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and OFAC investigations into unauthorized exports of US-origin equipment to Iran and other embargoed countries; the has significant repercussions for US-China relations. In another highlight, New York’s Robert Houck advised Royal Bank of Scotland on numerous class actions and regulatory investigations by the CFTC, DOJ and UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into alleged manipulation of Libor and other benchmarks, and continues to assist the client with the implementation of settlement undertakings. Joshua Berman, who joined the Washington DC office from the US Department of Commerce, is representing Bruce and Nellie Ohr, as independent contractors for Fusion GPS, in congressional and senatorial investigations into President Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russian government. Also in New York, Christopher Morvillo is advising Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy, on DOJ, SEC and SFO investigations into allegations of accounting improprieties. Significant hires to the Washington DC office in 2018 included Glen Donath from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLPRobert Rice from Ropes & Gray LLPCeleste Koeleveld from the New York State Department of Financial Services, and Daniel Silver from the Eastern District of New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > International trade

Benefiting from a ‘unique global coverage‘, Clifford Chance‘s Washington DC-based team provides ‘reliable and accurate advice‘ to an impressive roster of banks and international corporates on economic sanctions and export controls compliance and enforcement matters. The ‘superb‘ George Kleinfeld is ‘able to draw upon vast experience of dealing with regulators and different client types‘ and has an ‘excellent knowledge across OFAC and DOC regulations and sanctions‘. Kleinfeld also handles CFIUS work, including his recent involvement, alongside lawyers from Germany and London, on the clearance necessary for Cinven, on the $2.6bn sale of Germany-based CeramTec to an investor consortium led by BC Partners. Lead US partner for the firm’s global risk team, litigator David DiBari and Wendy Wysong, who splits her time between Hong Kong and Washington DC, have been advising Chinese telecoms company ZTE in a US investigation of unauthorized exports of US-origin telecoms equipment to Iran and other embargoed countries. ‘Superb‘ counsel Jacqueline Landells also regularly provides ‘able support‘ to Kleinfeld on OFAC matters, and Joshua Fitzhugh, who was formerly an in-house lawyer at BAE Systems, has an ‘excellent understanding of the aerospace industry’ and its international trade implications.