BABAK HOGHOOGHI’S practice is focused on U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws, domestic and international commercial and business transactions, including projects, foreign direct investments, financings, and cross-border trade, as well as corporate law.
Mr. Hoghooghi has had extensive experience on matters relating to U.S. economic sanctions laws involving compliance and enforcement issues as well as on a policy level. He has represented numerous public and private companies and individuals in the U.S. and abroad, providing them with counsel concerning compliance with the ever-changing and complex array of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba, with respect to licensing matters including for the release of blocked funds or other properties, and in connection with voluntary disclosures, investigations and civil/criminal enforcement actions. Babak’s U.S. sanctions practice has over the years included:
Having practiced law for over twenty years, Mr. Hoghooghi has also represented clients on a wide range of domestic and international commercial and corporate matters. He has been involved in the structuring of corporate entities and joint ventures, as well as the drafting and negotiation of organizational, governance and equity documents. He has acted as counsel to Fortune 500 companies and small to medium size businesses in connection with the acquisition or sale of a variety of business entities or commercial assets, as well as the structuring and development of projects, including major domestic and international infrastructure and power projects. He has represented borrowers as well as lenders in connection with the financing of major projects by commercial banks and export credit agencies, drafting and negotiating Credit Agreements and other loan and security documents. A structural engineer by training and previously a practicing licensed professional engineer, he has also had extensive experience with engineering projects and construction law issues. Finally, his practice includes cross-border investment and trade. Babak’s corporate and transactional experiences have included:
Having earned his law degree from Georgetown University, Mr. Hoghooghi practiced at the law firm of Skadden Arps for more than 12 years. Subsequently, he co-founded and was the first Executive Director of PAAIA, a non-profit educational and advocacy group representing the Iranian American community. Before joining Berliner Corcoran & Rowe, Babak was Lead Counsel at Clearspire Law Company. Mr. Hoghooghi was also a founding Board Member and the first President of the Iranian American Bar Association for five years, beginning in 2000.
Mr. Hoghooghi is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law and International Law, and Forum on Construction Law), the New York State and District of Columbia Bar Associations, and the International Bar Association.
Before entering law school, Mr. Hoghooghi received a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and worked as a licensed professional engineer (PE) at the Ralph M Parsons Company in Pasadena, California for four years. He is fluent in spoken and written Persian (Farsi).