Mr Darshak Dholakia > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
United States

Work Department

International Trade and Government Regulation




Darshak S. Dholakia primarily advises on compliance with international trade laws, including economic sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), anti-money laundering (AML) provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws, and export controls (Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the Part 110 and 810 nuclear export control regulations). Mr. Dholakia regularly conducts internal investigations, develops compliance programs, oversees risk assessments, conducts due diligence for corporate transactions and interacts with government agencies in relation to compliance and enforcement-related proceedings as well as trade-remedy disputes.

Mr. Dholakia also advises clients in connection with transactions implicating national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He has represented foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets in connection with many dozens of investment transactions, and, when necessary and appropriate, he has negotiated national security agreements in order to secure CFIUS approval.


  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Spanish


  • South Asian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law


  • Yale University, B.A., 2004, with Distinction
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2007

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International trade

Dechert LLP garners praise for being ‘an expert in the field‘, on the back of its strong showings in the export controls and economic sanctions areas. The trade team also frequently acts alongside the firm’s financial services and corporate groups to assist clients in obtaining CFIUS clearances. Amanda DeBusk chairs the international trade and government regulation practice globally and is widely considered among the market leaders for export controls and economic sanctions. Department co-chair Jeremy B. Zucker is also well versed in export controls and sanctions; he additionally advises foreign investors and acquirers and domestic sellers and targets on CFIUS matters. Darshak Dholakia, who has an emphasis on economic sanctions, anti-bribery, export controls and CFIUS issues, is also noted. Melissa Duffy joined Fenwick & West LLP.