David Lim Joins White & Case as a partner in Washington, DC

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Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global International Trade Practice with the addition of David Lim as a partner in Washington, DC.

"David brings significant experience at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in export controls and sanctions enforcement, most recently as Co-Director of the Task Force KleptoCapture (TFKC), an interagency task force pursuing a whole-of-government strategy in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine," said White & Case partner David Bond, Head of the Global International Trade Practice. "David's arrival bolsters the Firm's economic sanctions, export controls, and national security capabilities significantly. His extensive government experience and first-hand knowledge of the DOJ's enforcement priorities will enhance the Firm's capabilities as a go-to firm for global trade-related compliance and investigation mandates in the national security space."

Since November 2018, Lim has served as a trial attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division of the DOJ. As Co-Director of the TFKC, Lim supervised a team of federal prosecutors, agents and analysts investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of the sweeping economic sanctions, export restrictions and economic countermeasures that the US imposed in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Prior to that, he was the inaugural National Coordinator of the Disruptive Technology Strike Force, a joint venture between the DOJ and Department of Commerce to leverage criminal and administrative enforcement tools to disrupt the unlawful theft and export of sensitive US technology, including artificial intelligence and quantum computing. 

With significant experience in investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of export controls and economic sanctions more broadly, Lim has worked closely with senior officials at the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control on export control and economic sanction enforcement matters, respectively, and he has deep knowledge of US export control laws and regulations. He has prosecuted cases that range from investigations of individual actors to multifaceted investigations of publicly traded global corporations. 

"The DOJ's recent prioritization of national security corporate prosecutions and its efforts to create a culture of corporate compliance is creating a need for legal counsel that can help clients develop robust compliance programs, conduct internal investigations, prepare voluntary self-disclosures and, when necessary, defend themselves against US government enforcement actions," said International Trade partner Nicole Erb. "At the DOJ, David investigated and prosecuted some of the most significant export controls and sanctions cases involving corporate actors. He is well positioned to advise clients on their US export control and sanctions enforcement risks, and handle government and internal investigations our clients may be facing in this space. We are delighted to welcome David as the Firm continues to strategically enhance its US offerings."

Lim's addition follows a number of high-profile arrivals in the US in 2024, including partners John Cahill, Keith Hallam, Rachel Rodman, Ladan Stewart, Nadav Klugman and Taurie Zeitzer, Co-Head of the Firm's Global Private Equity Industry Group.

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