Paul Marquardt is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Marquardt’s practice focuses on economic sanctions/AML, foreign investment review and anticorruption issues. He regularly advises sophisticated international clients regarding the application of U.S. sanctions and anti-money-laundering laws, as well as export control matters, interacting regularly with OFAC, FinCEN, the Department of State, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and other regulators. Mr. Marquardt is a specialist in reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and he has represented clients in a number of high-profile matters. He also has wide-ranging diligence and compliance experience in anticorruption matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act, as well as experience in related complex corporate governance questions and internal investigations. He has substantial public and private international law experience and has represented a number of governments and international organizations.
Mr. Marquardt also advises on a broad range of cross-border transactional matters, particularly in the private equity and financial sectors, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate transactions.
Mr. Marquardt’s experience includes advising BNP Paribas, Clearstream Banking, SWIFT, Blackstone Group, TPG, a number of sanctioned and non-sanctioned Russian entities and numerous other European, Asian, and Latin American financial institutions and commercial clients in regulatory and compliance matters, as well as in civil, criminal and regulatory investigations.
Mr. Marquardt’s recent CFIUS representations have included: American Express in the formation of a global business travel joint venture with an investment group; GlaxoSmithKline in its acquisition of Novartis’s vaccines and OTC businesses; Google in the sale of Motorola Mobility's mobile devices business to Lenovo Group; TPG Capital and PAG Asia Capital in their acquisition of DTZ; Brightstar in the acquisition of a 57% interest in Brightstar by SoftBank; Parpública in its sale of a stake in Energias de Portugal to China Three Gorges; and Nortel in the sale of its CDMA/LTE and GSM telecom equipment businesses to Ericsson and other transactions.
Mr. Marquardt has been recognized as a leading corporate/M&A and private equity lawyer and a CFIUS expert by Chambers USA
. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. He writes and speaks regularly on sanctions and CFIUS matters; recent engagements include seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, the Institute of International Bankers, the World Bank, the American Conference Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Marquardt joined the firm in 1995 and was elected partner in 2003. From 1998 to 2002, he was resident in the Brussels office. He received a J.D. and an M.A. in international relations from Yale University in 1994,and an undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1990. From 1994 to 1995, he served as law clerk to the Honorable James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Mr. Marquardt is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Michigan.