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Peter Flanagan counsels clients on a broad range of compliance requirements affecting international trade and investment. These include most notably export controls, economic sanctions constraints, defense trade limitations, and the implications of related non-U.S. requirements. He also has experience in financial services regulation.

Mr. Flanagan has advised leading companies in the oil and gas sector, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, defense contractors, manufacturing entities, financial institutions and private equity firms, software and high-technology concerns, and university-affiliated laboratories. Consistently ranked as a top-tier practitioner, Mr. Flanagan has deep experience in assisting multinational clients with complex compliance, enforcement, and licensing matters before the key U.S. trade controls agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State.

  • Represented multinational oil and gas company in successful resolution of enforcement proceedings initiated by the U.S. Department of Treasury on potential violations of the U.S. sanctions against Iran.
  • Advising leading oil and gas companies and related suppliers on the application of Russia, Iran and Venezuela sanctions to their global businesses.
  • Assisted global life sciences company in the design and implementation of trade compliance program and internal investigation of potential sanctions violations.
  • Advised major U.S. private equity firm on the U.S. trade control implications of investment in aerospace and defense companies and assisted with compliance integration.
  • Leading an internal investigation of potential export control violations arising from distribution arrangements in China.
  • Conducted training for international financial institution on requirements of U.S. sanctions programs.     

Pro Bono

  • Counsel to Catholic Relief Services.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, PLI Conference on Coping with U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Former Term Member 
  • The Woods Academy (Bethesda, Maryland), Former Trustee

Previous Experience

  • Federal Reserve System Board of Governors, International Finance Division (1987-1989)
  • Chambers USA, Leader in the field of International Trade - Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2005-2020)     
  • Chambers Global, Leader in field of International Trade Law- Export Controls and Economic Sanctions (2006-2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America, International Trade and Finance Law (2009-2020)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2014-2020)
  • Legal 500 US, "Leading Lawyer" International Trade (2014-2019)
  • Legal 500 US, International Trade (2012-2019)