We work with a wide range of clients in addressing the legal and economic challenges of globalization.  We are experienced assisting companies, governments, industry associations and individuals in conducting business in the United States and in proceedings before American courts, as well as handling matters for U.S. companies doing business abroad.  Our experience is far-reaching and includes:

International Business Law

  • International business transactions and investment
  • Emerging/frontier markets risk management
  • Compliance and ethics
  • Trade policy and government relations
  • Crisis management and public affairs
  • Technology and intellectual property
  • Strategic planning

International Sanctions

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions programs, including both nation-based and conduct-based sanctions
  • Obtaining special licenses and unfreezing assets
  • Removal from “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDN) lists
  • Defense in civil and criminal sanctions enforcement actions

White Collar Criminal Defense  

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Investment frauds and schemes
  • Money laundering
  • Human trafficking 
  • Internal investigations

Dispute Resolution  

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Arbitrations before ICSID, ICC and ICDR
  • Litigation in foreign jurisdictions
  • Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Other international disputes 
  • Unfair trade litigation

Development Assistance

  • Fair trade
  • Intellectual asset protection
  • Legal reform
  • Microfinance 
  • Nongovernmental organizations

International Human Rights Law


Additionally, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is a member of two international networks of law firms, providing access to legal services globally.

Lexwork International  
Lexwork International is a strategic alliance of midsized independent law firms in major cities located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.  With 41 member firms worldwide, Lexwork International includes more than 2,500 lawyers in 36 countries, and offices in more than 110 cities.  Learn more about Lexwork International and its member firms here.

Pangea Net
We are a founding member of Pangea Net, an association of independent law firms from over 25 countries. The members are medium-sized commercial law firms, and the network is distinctive for the close, long-term working relationships that members have with each other.  The result is a reliable international network for highly qualified, cost-effective advice.  Learn more about Pangea Net and its member firms here.


  • Representing a U.S. based manufacturer with manufacturing and distribution facilities in Asia and Europe in connection with a broad range of international corporate matters
  • Represented a Middle East based oil and gas company in a joint venture with a U.S. based oil and gas services and technology company
  • Represented U.S. based corporations in acquisition of controlling stakes in foreign corporations in the consulting, logistics and security sectors
  • Represented and advised a U.S. based corporation in a joint venture with a Saudi Arabian based company
  • Represented and advised U.S. based and international manufacturers in connection with negotiating and executing distribution and agency agreements in different countries
  • Serving as outside General Counsel to Middle East based oil and gas services company with several projects throughout the Middle East
  • Advised a consortium of Middle East investors in connection with the acquisition of chemical company in Saudi Arabia
  • Representing leading U.S.-based construction company in connection with a Middle East joint venture
  • Representing U.S.-based professional companies in connection with expansion to the Middle East region
  • Representing and advising U.S. based pension funds in connection with alternative investments in private equity and venture capital funds and funds of funds both within and outside of the U.S.
  • Represented and advised Saudi Arabia based private equity fund in connection with structuring and portfolio investments
  • Represented and advised North Africa based private equity fund in connection with structuring, transactional and compliance matters
  • Conducting an internal investigation for large multinational non-profit, identifying and remedying potential issues, and creating a compliance program.
  • Representing a Chinese national in an alleged industrial espionage case and obtaining dismissal of count related to Interstate theft of intellectual property.
  • Representing a NASA engineer in alleged software piracy case involving millions of dollars of loss; case resulted in a probationary sentence.
  • Representing a European company alleged to have violated consumer fraud statutes which, after extensive negotiations and changes to the company’s compliance program, resulted in a state decision not to pursue criminal charges.
  • Representing a government contractor detained at a military facility in Kabul and accused of diverting sensitive military equipment to the Taliban; the contractor was promptly released.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern corporation before the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and successfully obtaining removal of the company from SDN list.
  • Assisting American company in developing OFAC compliance program for operations in the Russian Federation and resolving banking issues involving the transfer of funds from certain Russian entities.
  • Representing a Russian executive of an international company in internal investigation undertaken by the corporation’s outside law firm and U.S. Department of Justice for violations of FCPA; no charges were filed.
  • Retention as an expert witness by a Russian law Firm to analyze OFAC sanctions as they apply to a substantial transfer of assets from one Russian bank to another.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern company in a civil fraud suit against an American company, with a trial that resulted in a verdict in excess of 2 million dollars for the client.

  • Serving as outside General Counsel to Afghanistan based oil and gas company with upstream project and midstream projects
  • Advising and representing Middle East based energy company in connection with oil and gas infrastructure project in Afghanistan
  • Advising and representing international mining consortium in connection with investments in the mining sector in Afghanistan
  • Representing and advising U.S. based lender in connection with a broad range of debt portfolio related matters in Afghanistan, including loan restructuring, collection efforts, corporate investigations and due diligence, local litigation and sale of collateral
  • Representing and advising several U.S. Government contracting firm in connection with compliance, tax, labor, corporate restructuring, dispute resolution and settlement related issues in Afghanistan
  • Represented international media company in connection with copyright infringement dispute in Afghanistan


Enayat Qasimi, Experienced Middle East Lawyer, Joins Whiteford, Taylor & Preston's D.C. Office

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP is pleased to announce that Enayat "Yat" Qasimi has joined the firm as a partner in our Washington, D.C. office, where he will focus on providing general business and corporate advice to foreign and domestic corporations, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, emerging market private equity, venture capital, off-shore transactions, and bilateral and multilateral international contracts.