The Biden administration is set to nominate attorney Richard Weiner as director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Weiner is a senior partner in the Washington and Brussels offices of international law firm Sidley Austin, where he is a member of the firm’s global arbitration, trade and advocacy group.
He is dual qualified to practice law in both the European Union and the United States, and has spent more than 30 years working on U.S.-E.U. trade and investment policy and market access issues.
Weiner served as national co-chair of lawyers for Biden and as a member of the international working group during the 2020 Biden presidential campaign. He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. from Harvard. His wife, Joann, is a professor of economics at The George Washington University.
The United States is a founding member and the single largest shareholder of the bank, contributing a 10% share of the institution’s capital.
Weiner’s appointment must now be approved by the U.S. Senate.