Farid Hekmat is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office whose practice encompasses a broad range of international trade regulatory and transactional matters.

Mr. Hekmat counsels both domestic and foreign companies on issues relating to:

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) export controls
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) foreign investment
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

He advises clients on a wide variety of compliance matters, including government registrations, compliance procedures and manuals, voluntary disclosures and internal investigations. Mr. Hekmat is also well-versed in sanctions and export licensing, such as the unblocking of assets and removal from the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.

In addition, Mr. Hekmat represents clients in the maritime, transportation, infrastructure and aerospace industries in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, as well as other cross-border transactions and technology licensing agreements.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Hekmat was the principal legal adviser to a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington, D.C., where he focused on several aspects of international public law. Before entering law school, Mr. Hekmat was a research fellow working on computer modeling and statistical analysis at a National Institutes of Health biophysics laboratory.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, B.A., History
  • University of Maryland, B.S., Applied Math
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Global Legal Practice Committee, DC Bar
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Persian (Farsi)


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