Babak Hoghooghi

Partner - Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP

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Jurisdictions
  • Washington DC
Address
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20036
Northwest Washington United States

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  • Corporate Law

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Biography

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Business Transactional
  • International
  • Energy & Project Finance
  • Construction
  • Export Control & Sanctions

Babak Hoghooghi’s practice encompasses corporate law, domestic and international commercial and business transactions, and U.S. economic sanctions laws. Babak has represented clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters involving joint ventures, sale and acquisition of projects, business entities or commercial assets, and the structuring, development and financing of projects, including major domestic and international infrastructure and power projects. 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, including matters relating to U.S. economic sanctions laws.

Mr. Hoghooghi has represented clients in connection with the structuring of numerous corporate entities and projects, drafting and negotiating organizational and governance documents, as well as Shareholder, Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements. He has acted as counsel to Fortune 500 companies as well as small to medium size businesses in connection with the development or acquisition of a variety of projects, among other things reviewing, drafting and negotiating Stock or Asset Purchase Agreements, Corporate Guarantees, Power Purchase Agreements, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts, AIA Contracts for the design and construction of building projects, Commercial Leases and Operating and Maintenance Agreements. Mr. Hoghooghi has also represented borrowers as well as lenders in connection with the financing of major projects by commercial banks and export credit agencies, including the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), drafting and negotiating Credit Agreements and other loan and security documents.

Mr. Hoghooghi has extensive experience on matters relating to U.S. sanctions laws, in particular those relating to Iran. With an Export Controls and Sanctions team of seven attorneys with over one hundred years of collective experience representing Fortune 50, multinational, medium and small companies, as well as individuals, the firm is uniquely positioned to represent clients on the full range of export regulatory and sanctions related issues.

Having earned his law degree in 1994 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 in Washington, D.C. Before joining Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Babak was Lead Counsel at Clearspire Law Company. Babak was also a founding Board Member and the first President of the Iranian American Bar Association, and a founding Trustee and Board Member of the Iranian American Political Action Committee.

Mr. Hoghooghi was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York in 1995 and the District of Columbia in 1996. Before entering law school, he received a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 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).

Representative Matters

  • Representation of major commercial banks as lead counsel in the $400 million portfolio financing of two domestic power projects by a major U.S. electric utility company. (Selected as the Power Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International, and the Power Portfolio Deal of the Year by Euromoney - Project Finance)
  • Representation of a joint venture of Fortune 500 companies in the $1.8 billion financing of a 2,450 MW power plant and LNG regasification facility in India. (Selected as the 1999 Asia Power Deal of the Year by Project Finance)
  • Representation of a major U.S. company in connection with the sale of its ownership interest in a project in Italy.
  • Representation of a major U.S. electric company as lead counsel in its $390 million portfolio financing of six domestic power plants.
  • Representation of a U.S. holding company in connection with the corporate structuring of a project in West Africa.
  • Representation of a U.S. entity in its bid to develop a 500 MW electric generating facility in Indonesia.
  • Representation of a U.S. client in connection with the purchase of ownership interests in real estate and corporate assets in the Middle East.
  • Representation of a major petrochemical company in connection with its development of a 440 MW power plant in Texas.
  • Formation and organization of national non-profit organizations, including the preparation and filing of application for tax exempt status for them under applicable IRS regulations.
  • Representation of numerous corporate and individual clients before the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control in relation to licensing and enforcement actions under applicable U.S. economic sanctions regulations.

Firm Description

Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP is a boutique law firm focused on international law, export controls and sanctions, litigation, government contract, and corporate and intellectual property law. With offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, we serve an international, national, and local clientele including foreign governments, major corporations, small and emerging businesses, and individuals. We are known for our commitment to high-quality work, creativity, and cost-effective service.

Corporate

Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP's corporate practice provides comprehensive advice and representation to individuals and entities organized in the United States and abroad, in connection with their business and investment activities. BCR's corporate clients span all phases of development, from seed stage start-up ventures to mature corporations, and are based around the globe.

BCR provides advice regarding general corporate transactional and commercial matters (including both complex and straightforward business transactions, projects and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, corporate restructuring and recapitalization, and acquisition and disposition of assets), protection and exploitation of intellectual property, real estate issues, and employment matters. BCR also provides advice to corporate directors on governance matters to help them understand and fulfill their fiduciary duties. BCR advises not-for-profit and tax-exempt entities on general corporate matters, as well as with regard to regulatory and compliance issues.

BCR's corporate clients operate in a broad range of industries, including trade, software development, technology product development and manufacturing, government contracting, publishing, food and beverages, education, alternative energy, “green” products development, architecture, construction, real estate investment and development, life settlement and other domestic and overseas investment funds, public charities, professional and trade associations, and health sciences manufacturing.

Representative transactional matters include:

  • Represented a privately held thermoplastic advanced composite parts manufacturing company in a convertible preferred stock and convertible debt offering;
  • Served as local counsel to a realty trust in an offering of 5,750,000 common shares;
  • Represented a major Philippine telecommunications company in an international investment and satellite transponder lease transaction;
  • Represented a real estate investment firm (and affiliated management company) in the financing and acquisition of the xxx and xxx;
  • Represented a public charity in its formation and qualification for tax exemption under IRC 501(c)(3)

International Law

Our attorneys have extensive public and private international law experience, ranging from international development and trade to international arbitration and dispute resolution to extradition.

We handle a variety of international transactions and have advised companies and individuals based in Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Malta, the Philippines, Burma, Taiwan, Burundi, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bolivia, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Capo Verde, Liberia, France, Sierra Leone, England, Senegal, Dubai, Russia and elsewhere.

Our attorneys also have in-depth experience representing foreign sovereigns, including matters involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and related common law immunity doctrines. We advise governments in the negotiation of offshore and investment treaty networks, and as well various parties regarding international tax issues, international trade, proceedings before the United States Trade Representative, international white collar and political offenses, investigations by The World Bank and other multilateral finance institutions and international agencies, and U.S. export controls in connection with international arbitrations. In addition, the firm advises a number of foreign government representatives, embassies, consulates and other missions in the United States.

Many of our attorneys have worked outside of the United States in a legal capacity. Clemens Kochinke, is also admitted in Germany. Bruce Zagaris, advises Lusophone (Portugese-speaking) clients on a variety of issues and has, since 1981, been an agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Some representative matters include:

  • Long-term representation of Asian and European foreign sovereigns on a variety of public and private international law matters, including litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, as well as construction, IP and employment matters arising at missions.
  • Long-term representation of a Commonwealth Caribbean sovereign on financial services and tax and investment-related issues.
  • Long-term representation of Middle East foreign sovereign on litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
  • Made voluntary disclosure to World Bank for foreign company doing an internal investigation for a U.S. oil company with operations in Mexico.
  • Represented Asian company in acquisition of satellite company and related federal litigation.
  • Advised Lusophone African government on the establishment of a ship registry.
  • Advised regarding management of U.S. export controls in connection with numerous  international arbitrations, as well as in connection with litigation in a foreign sovereign court and litigation in U.S. courts involving foreign parties.