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Audi Syarief is a Senior Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s International Trade Practice Group.
Mr. Syarief advises clients on U.S. economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls, and national security reviews. He has extensive experience in assessing civil and criminal enforcement risk, conducting internal investigations, strengthening trade compliance programs, and developing restricted-party screening protocols. He routinely advocates before OFAC, BIS, DDTC, and CFIUS, and has secured licenses and approvals, filed voluntary self-disclosures, responded to administrative subpoenas, and engaged in various other agency-engagement efforts to further client interests. Mr. Syarief also regularly conducts due diligence reviews of corporate transactions from an international trade perspective, and advises on trade-related issues raised in civil litigation and arbitration matters.
While Mr. Syarief represents clients across economic sectors on various issue sets, he is particularly well-versed in the application of sanctions authorizations relating to telecommunications, information, and the internet (e.g., the Berman Amendment), and has helped numerous companies understand and apply these authorizations.
Complementing Mr. Syarief’s international trade practice is his substantial work on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and government contract matters. He has litigated Helms-Burton Act cases, and advised on potential recovery and/or risks under the statute. He has helped secure the termination of a four-year SEC accounting fraud investigation of a global financial institution. He was also instrumental in negotiating with DOE a successful closeout of an energy company’s multi-million dollar cooperative agreement.
Mr. Syarief previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Kelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Law 360’s 2022 International Trade Editorial Advisory Board
Select Speaker Engagements
Featured Speaker, “OFAC Regulations and Economic Sanctions Compliance Programs: Best Practices,” The Knowledge Group (forthcoming: September 29, 2022)
Speaker, “2020 Sanctions and Export Controls Update,” Gibson Dunn Webcast (October 15, 2020)
Co-author, “United States creates new sanctions regime over humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia,” Financier Worldwide (November 2021)
Co-author, “United States sanctions against Myanmar’s military conglomerates,” Financier Worldwide (June 2021)
Co-author, “Sanctions Enforcement Trends In the Era of COVID-19,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation (February 24, 2021)
Co-author, “Privilege – United States,” Global Investigations Review’s Know How (November 2016)
University of Virginia - 2015 Juris Doctor
Rutgers University - 2011 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar