Farhad R. Alavi | فرهاد علوی

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Akrivis Law Group, PLLC
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW #440,
Washington DC
United States
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Farhad R. Alavi | فرهاد علوی


  • LL.M., Banking & Financial Law, Boston University School of Law, 2004
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Economics and International Relations, Tufts University, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Spanish
  • German (basic)
  • Arabic (basic)

Farhad Alavi is Managing Partner of Akrivis Law Group, PLLC. His practice focuses on international and domestic corporate matters and complex trade issues (including U.S. sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption regulations, and compliance), as well as multinational investment, banking & finance. Mr. Alavi’s clients include major multinational companies around the world, small and medium businesses, and high net worth individuals. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.


Mr. Alavi previously practiced in several top-tier global law firms in Washington, most notably Baker & McKenzie LLP and Holland & Knight LLP, where he also had a dual, concurrent appointment in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. At Baker & McKenzie, he practiced mainly in the fields of U.S. trade as well as oil & gas and project finance matters. Mr. Alavi has vast experience in international sanctions, export controls, customs, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).


His U.S. sanctions experience includes those against Iran, Cuba, Russia, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Syria, and North Korea, with emphasis on those regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).


Mr. Alavi is often quoted by and/or cited in top international and trade publications and news agencies around the world such as The New York Times, CNN Money, AFP, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Georgetown Journal of International Law, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera English & Arabic, CCTV America, BBC Persian, Voice of America (VOA) Persian, and Al-Hurra, among others. He also regularly lectures on trade compliance matters in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Alavi received his LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law from Boston University School of Law, where he served on the Annual Review of Banking and Financial Law journal.


He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. During law school, he studied at University College London (UCL) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and interned at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


Mr. Alavi received his B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.

Born and raised in Virginia, Mr. Alavi maintains native fluency in Persian (Farsi), is fluent in Spanish, and has knowledge of German and Arabic. He also maintains the U.S. Sanctions weblog. Mr. Alavi has served multiple terms on the national Board of Directors of the Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA). He is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

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