Rich Gibbon is a member of our Government Investigations & White Collar Practice and has been based in the Middle East for eight years. He has a wide range of experience representing multinational corporates and other clients across the Middle East, North Africa, India Pacific, Levant, and Europe in connection with anticorruption and economic sanctions regimes and was recently recognized as “Leading White Collar Crime Adviser of the Year – UAE.” Rich also lectures and acts as thesis advisor at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi on the International Business Law Master’s Degree.
Specifically, Rich has counselled clients across the defence and security, electronics and technology, industrial services, medical devices and therapies, natural resources, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, retail, and sporting sectors, in major US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) representations in Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE. He has conducted internal investigations into alleged misconduct and international investigations into alleged noncompliance by foreign agents and business partners, he has addressed the implications of relevant laws in the context of M&A due diligence, he has analysed and developed business conduct standards and compliance controls, and he has provided training sessions.
Rich has also advised on the scope of economic sanctions administered by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and has guided clients when responding to criminal and civil government inquiries. Rich is presently assisting several different banks and financial institutions across the Middle East, Levant, and Europe with the investigation of potential violations of US sanctions laws and representation before OFAC, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and other US and home-country enforcement agencies and regulators.
In addition, Rich has maintained a commercial disputes practice. He has represented clients in DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, LMAA, ICC, and UNCITRAL arbitrations and in litigation before the English High Court, the Dubai Court, the Sharjah Court, and the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court in disputes arising out of bilateral investment treaties, contractual and statutory interpretation, LNG projects, and complex shareholdings, across a range of sectors including commodities trading, construction and engineering, banking and finance, hospitality, and power and energy.
Government Investigations & White Collar
International Dispute Resolution