Peter Lichtenbaum

Peter Lichtenbaum

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5557



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1990
    • cum laude
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 1990
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, A.B., 1986
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

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Peter Lichtenbaum advises clients on a broad array of international regulatory compliance and trade matters, including export controls, economic sanctions, national security reviews of foreign investments, anti-corruption laws, market access, and international trade disputes. He has specialized experience in the aerospace and defense industries.

Mr. Lichtenbaum is ranked in Band 1 for Export Controls & Sanctions in Chambers USA (2015), which reports that “clients laud him as ‘a real subject matter expert’ who ‘knows how the regulators think.’” Chambers Global (2015) described him as “a much-praised trade controls attorney, with impressive experience advising on enforcement actions and investigations. Clients prize his ‘clear and balanced advice,’ ‘thorough and thoughtful’ approach and talent for providing ‘high-level, strategic advice.’”

Representative Matters

  • Advising major personal device manufacturer regarding its trade controls due diligence on target companies.
  • Advising large Middle East-based petrochemical company regarding its overall compliance program, including trade controls and anti-corruption.
  • Advising U.S.-based private equity fund regarding its due diligence, acquisition and integration of an Asia-based satellite company.
  • Advising U.S.-based multinational company in its compliance with U.S. export controls and trade sanctions, including with respect to Russia and Iran.
  • Advising large U.S.-based aerospace and defense company regarding its response to U.S. government investigations of export control violations related to China

Previous Experience

  • BAE Systems, Inc., Vice President for Regulatory Compliance and International Policy
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Assistant Secretary for Export Administration
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of General Counsel (Honors Attorney)

Honors and Rankings

  • Law360, International Trade MVP (2012)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2014-2015)
  • Chambers Global, International Trade/WTO (2014-2015)
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2013-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, “Leading Lawyer” - Litigation: International Trade (2014)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: International Trade (2013-2015)
  • Who's Who Legal, Trade & Customs (2015)

Pro Bono

  • Advising global pro bono law firm regarding a wide range of international human rights issues, such as restrictions on non-government organizations and land confiscation policies.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Washington Export Council, Chairman
  • American League for Exports and Security Assistance (ALESA), General Counsel
  • Defense Export Controls Forum, Chairman
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law, past co-Chair, Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Policy Committee (2009-2012)
  • U.S. State Department, Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) (2006-2008)
  • Aerospace Industries Association, International Council (2007-2010)

Publications and Speeches

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