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Eric Sandberg-Zakian represents clients in criminal cases, civil enforcement actions, and internal investigations involving national security and international trade.

Mr. Sandberg-Zakian specializes in defending clients in parallel investigations by regulatory enforcement agencies and criminal prosecutors. He has extensive experience conducting high-stakes internal investigations and making voluntary disclosures to primary trade controls regulators in matters that could give rise to criminal prosecution.

  • Defended major defense contractor in criminal export controls investigation by Department of Justice and related investigations by the Department of State and Department of Defense.
  • Represented global technology company in investigations by the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, and a congressional committee relating to alleged sales of U.S. products to governments of Syria, Iran, and North Korea.
  • Defended government contractor in a Department of Justice investigation of alleged fraud, money laundering, and Iran sanctions violations.
  • Represented oil and gas company in Foreign Corrupt Practice Acts investigation by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Represented leading technology companies in response to Treasury Department subpoenas seeking information about alleged dealings with Cuba.
  • Conducted internal investigation of commercial bribery allegations for a global nonprofit and developed an enhanced ethics and compliance program for the nonprofit.
  • Represented major manufacturing company in voluntary disclosures of unauthorized exports to the Commerce Department and a voluntary disclosure of transactions with Cuba to the Treasury Department.
  • Conducted internal investigation for a global manufacturing company involving allegations of corruption, conflicts of interests, and prohibited sales to restricted Chinese defense companies.
  • Represented leading internet travel company in voluntary disclosure of dealings with Cuba to the Department of Treasury.
  • Represented international consulting firm in a Department of Justice investigation under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
  • Represented government contractor in investigations by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and the Department of Justice.
  • Advised global pharmaceutical company on creation of sanctions compliance program.
  • Advised start-up defense company on U.S. law governing arms acquisitions from foreign governments and on regulatory matters before the Department of State and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
  • Counseled global construction concern on U.S. sanctions against Russia.
  • Advised private equity firm on acquisition of defense contracting company.
  • Advised international chemical company on proposed product sales to Indian and Chinese defense companies.
  • Represented technology company in sale of its government contracting division to major defense company.
  • Advised software company on restrictions on dealings with Iran.