Ivan W. Bilaniuk

Biography

Ivan’s practice focuses on helping clients realize their business objectives in their international contracting, international commercial disputes, international operations, importing, and exporting. He advises clients working in and with foreign markets in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia on contracting, risk management, managing disputes and international compliance issues including anti-corruption due diligence, export controls and trade sanctions.

He engages in international arbitration of commercial and international government contract disputes under various institutional rules.  He also enforces international arbitral awards and foreign court judgments in U.S. courts.  Ivan’s experience ranges from international arbitration and enforcement matters with hundreds of million dollars at stake, in which he developed strategy and managed a team of attorneys, to smaller litigation and enforcement matters.

Ivan’s U.S. regulatory and international compliance practice involves counseling on export controls including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), trade sanctions and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Anti-Boycott Regulations, Customs regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and foreign investment matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). For export transactions, he counsels clients on the full range of compliance issues including questions of jurisdiction, classification, and licensing. For import transactions, he counsels on tariff mitigation, human rights and forced labor supply chain compliance, and compliance with regulatory requirements including issues of classification, country of origin, and marking rules. He also reviews and develops compliance policies and conducts training. Ivan conducts internal investigations of suspected violations and post-acquisition compliance due diligence, prepares any resulting voluntary disclosures to U.S. government agencies, and represents clients in connection with investigations and enforcement matters by U.S. government agencies. Ivan conducts pre-acquisition compliance due diligence, counsels clients with facility clearances on mitigating foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI), conducts CFIUS jurisdictional analysis for both corporate and real estate transactions, conducts CFIUS mandatory filing analysis for corporate transactions, and prepares notices and declarations for CFIUS inbound investment national security reviews of these transactions. He holds a security clearance from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In his pro bono practice, Ivan has represented low-income tenants in disputes involving the D.C. Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), as well as low-wage workers in disputes over wrongfully denied unemployment benefits. He also co-organized and was an instructor at an anti-corruption investigation and prosecution workshop held in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2017 for the country’s new anti-corruption government institutions. He received the MLA Pro Bono Community Service Award and was named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Ivan began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for Judge F. Bradford Stillman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  He entered private practice at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and joined a global firm via merger.  Ivan gained business experience working as a management consultant before law school.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law  (J.D., 2004)
    • Dillard Fellow, legal research and writing program
    • Virginia Journal for International Law
  • Harvard University  (M.A., 1997)
    • Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Harvard College  (B.A., cum laude, 1994)
    • Biology

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Affiliations/Memberships

  • International Bar Association
    • Arbitration Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Administrative Law and Agency Practice
    • International Law
    • Litigation
  • Ukrainian American Bar Association
  • Society for International Affairs

Languages

  • Ukrainian
  • Russian