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George Kleinfeld

George Kleinfeld


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George Kleinfeld

George Kleinfeld advises on US trade and investment regulation, including US economic sanctions, export controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

His clients for sanctions advice include several of the world’s leading international banks and he holds a Band One ranking from the Chambers USA guide for his expertise in US foreign investment regulation. He has obtained national security clearances for high-profile foreign acquisitions of strategic US business assets from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

George works closely with the firm's global corporate, capital markets and finance practices to resolve complex due diligence and transactional issues under the OFAC regulations, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the FCPA. He also specializes in the development and implementation of compliance and training programs to enable clients to understand and satisfy their obligations under US foreign trade control and investment laws. He also has advised clients in WTO proceedings under, e.g., the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

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Career and qualifications

  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BS, magna cum laude) 1980
  • University of Pennsylvania (JD, order of the coif) 1983
  • University of Pennsylvania (MS, Economics) 1984

Professional bodies

  • Board Member, Center for Civil Society in Southeastern Europe
  • Adjunct Professor, International Finance, George Mason University School of Law
  • Former Attorney/Advisor, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs, U.S. Treasury Department

Awards and citations

  • George Kleinfeld has been ranked in Chambers USA - International Trade: CFIUS Experts (Nationwide) and International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Nationwide). George Kleinfeld of Clifford Chance US LLP commands a great deal of respect from the market for his capabilities in CFIUS reviews, as well as in export controls and sanctions issues. Clients consider him "an expert in his field and a pleasure to work with" and appreciate his ability to provide "clear, considered and concise advice in a timely fashion."
    Chambers USA 2017