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Published 25 Jul, 2016
Partner - Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP
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).
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.
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:
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:
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