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Donald Zarin

Holland & Knight, LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Don Zarin is a Partner in the International & Cross Border Transactions practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight. He is co-head of the International Trade Practice Group and head of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Team, a part of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance Team. Mr. Zarin has  represented and counseled U.S. and foreign companies on a wide range of international trade and international commercial matters, including multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, antidumping duty proceedings and other trade remedy laws, customs matters, export control issues, U.S. antiboycott laws, and trade legislative issues, as well as overseas joint venture projects and international commercial agreements. He has represented foreign governments on trade policy matters, in treaty negotiations, and in the drafting of a Constitution. Mr. Zarin is a leading attorney in the area of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption practices. He was recently appointed by the Department of Justice to serve as an FCPA Compliance Monitor in a major enforcement case. Mr. Zarin also holds a top secret sensitive compartmented information (SCI) clearance, and represents companies handling classified projects on U.S. export control laws and other international trade and transactional matters.

He served in the Department of Commerce from 1980-83, where he handled a myriad of international issues. He served as an Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, from 1986 to 1992. Mr. Zarin serves as counsel, on a pro bono basis, to a number of well-known NGOs on international development and humanitarian assistance issues.

Mr. Zarin is well-known in the area of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption practices. He is the author of Doing Business Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a leading textbook on this subject. He has lectured throughout the world on anti-corruption issues; established compliance programs for U.S. and foreign companies; conducted training programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South Asia for U.S. companies and their foreign affiliates; represented companies in enforcement investigations; conducted numerous internal investigations around the world regarding potential corruption issues; and issued numerous legal opinions for U.S. companies on FCPA and local law corruption issues. He served as a private sector representative in meetings with the OECD Secretariat and representatives from the United Kingdom and France regarding the OECD evaluation of U.S. implementation of the FCPA.


  • China
  • International Trade
  • International and Cross Border
  • Transactions
  • White Collar Defense
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Investigations and
  • Compliance Services
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Customs and Importation of
  • Products
  • Industrial Security
  • Trade Litigation
  • Trade Policy
  • U.S. Antiboycott Laws
  • U.S. Export Control and Sanctions
  • Laws

George Washington University
  Law School, J.D.

The George Washington
  University, M.A., International
  Affairs/Economic Development
  Robert College , (Istanbul, Turkey)

Georgetown University, B.A.

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