Matthew Rabinowitz advises companies on compliance with import/export regulations, anti-corruption laws, and OFAC sanctions. He further assists companies navigate the CFIUS review process.

Matthew is an associate in Pillsbury’s International Trade Group, assisting U.S. and international companies across multiple industries comply with import/export regulations, anti-corruption laws, and OFAC sanctions. He works with companies to obtain classifications and licenses for EAR and ITAR controlled items, advises on OFAC sanctions policies, conducts country of origin reviews, and helps companies build comprehensive FCPA policies and procedures.

Matthew also assists U.S. sellers and foreign buyers obtain clearances from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), with a particular focus on China-related transactions. 

Representative Experience

Regulation of Foreign Investment and National Security

Successfully represented Chinese government-owned client in CFIUS review of acquisition of a global semiconductor equipment provider.

Successfully obtained CFIUS clearance representing seller of power management integrated circuits for consumer electronics in connection with acquisition by Chinese-owned joint venture.

Provided U.S.-based semiconductor company with CFIUS risk assessment of potential foreign investors, and ultimately obtained CFIUS clearance in connection with $1.3 billion acquisition.

Successfully obtained CFIUS clearance for Chinese-based consortium in connection with acquisition of a semiconductor company.

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  • Economic Sanctions and Embargoes
    • Advised foreign manufacturers on the complexities of doing business in Iran, including an analysis of secondary sanctions and state sanctions.
    • Drafted sanctions compliance manual and advised aircraft leasing and financing company on compliance with relevant sanctions laws, including sectoral sanctions applicable to long term financing transactions.
    • Counseled global electronics company on sales of telecommunications devices to Cuba.
  • Export & Technology Transfer Controls
    • Drafted export compliance policy to assist US and Canadian aerospace company with trade and security compliance. 
    • Conducted a comprehensive review of life science company's export control compliance matters, including drafting policies and procedures, enhancing the company's export classification database, and submitting a voluntary self-disclosure.
    • Advised major social networking technology company on export control laws in connection with global satellite and UAV communications project.
    • Advising aviation company on export control classification and technology transfer issues in connection with the company's development activities.
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
    • Assisted a global manufacturer conduct a comprehensive FCPA review of its policies, practices and procedures.
    • Reviewed and analyzed FCPA issues in connection with potential acquisition of U.S.-based medical optics company by a publicly traded Japanese corporation.

Professional Highlights

External Publications

  • "Paying the Price: An Overview of Deceptive Sales Pricing," ABA What's In Store Newsletter, Winter 2015.


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2012
    cum laude

    B.S., Georgetown University, School of Business, 2009
    magna cum laude; Member, Georgetown Scholarship Program/Alumni Mentor Program


  • District of Columbia