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As the inauguration of the forty-sixth president of the United States approaches, the fragility of supply remains a critical lesson-learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our new report, in partnership with the Atlantic Council, explores how the next US administration can work alongside partners and allies in the Western Hemisphere to assure supply-chain resilience is achieved and prioritized.

Featuring perspectives from across the Americas, as well as from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Baker McKenzie’s newest report, The Biden-Harris Administration and the Future of Supply Chains in the Americas, looks at how cooperation across the Western Hemisphere can position companies to withstand future shocks. It also lays out a vision for the future of supply chains and regional cooperation under new US leadership through answering key questions, including:

  • What might be the US role in advancing the development of greater commercial integration in the Western Hemisphere?
  • What actions can countries in the Americas take to facilitate the modernization and innovation of supply chains?
  • How can lessons from other regions in deepening regional supply-chain integration be applied to the Americas?

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This report is a part of our series on supply chains, which has recently included our “Beyond COVID-19: Supply Chain Resilience  Holds the Key to Recovery” and “Supply Chains Reimagined: Recovery and Renewal in Asia Pacific and Beyond.

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For more information on how we can help strengthen and transform supply chains, visit our Supply Chain Hub.

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Maurice Bellan is a Washington, DC. based partner and is Vice-Chair of the Firm's North America Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice Group. He also leads the Firm's False Claims Act practice and advises clients on a broad range of fraud and anti-corruption matters. Maurice is a former trial attorney at the US Department of Justice and has been named by Savoy magazine as one of the most influential African-American lawyers in the United States.range of concerns involving fraud and anti-corruption, focusing on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act. A former criminal investigator and trial lawyer at the US Department of Justice, Mr. Bellan has over 20 years of complex investigative, civil and criminal litigation experience. He was a former member of the judicial nominating committee of the Maryland bar and has served on the boards of organizations such National Senior Campuses, Inc. and the Downtown Columbia Arts & Culture Commission.

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Jennifer Trock is chair of Baker McKenzie's International Commercial Practice Group and a member of its Global Aviation Group in Washington, DC. She co-leads the Firm's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) focus team and is the Chair of the ABA's Forum Air & Space Law. Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National (2007-2019) and has also received honors from Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and The Washingtonian.

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Christina Conlin is a member of Baker McKenzie's International and Commercial practice in Chicago. Prior to joining the Firm, Christina was chief compliance officer for McDonald's Corporation's European operations, providing strategic leadership and guidance on regulatory compliance and corporate governance for 39 markets across Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. She also previously served as general counsel in McDonald's US central division, where she led a legal team that advised the company and senior leadership on franchising, supply chain, real estate and operational matters. Christina also worked for more than a decade as a trial lawyer in private practice, representing franchisors, distributors, real estate developers, manufacturers and others in court and arbitration. Christina has been named to the 2017 Crain's Chicago Business List of Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago and 2018 Crain’s Chicago Business List of Most Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago.

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Kerry Contini is a partner in the Firm’s Outbound Trade Practice Group in Washington, DC. She has served as co-chair of the Firm's Pro Bono committee for several years and has managed award-winning pro bono work involving Baker McKenzie professionals in North America, Europe and Asia. She has written on export controls and trade sanctions issues for several publications, including The Export Practitioner and Ethisphere. Kerry is a co-chair of the Export Controls and Sanctions Section of the Association of Women in International Trade. She joined the Firm as a summer associate in 2005 and became a full-time associate in 2006.

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Reagan Demas has significant experience working on behalf of companies and investors in emerging markets and high risk jurisdictions. He has managed major legal compliance investigations for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and negotiated settlements before the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory entities, obtaining declinations in a number of matters. He has also conducted risk assessments and due diligence in a variety of legal compliance matters for companies across industries, and has worked on the ground evaluating partnerships, investments and other business opportunities worldwide. Reagan has written and spoken extensively on emerging compliance trends, ethics, corruption and doing business in Africa. In 2019, Reagan was selected as a BTI Client Service All Star by corporate counsel in recognition of being a leader in superior client service.

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Manuel Padrón-Castillo has been practicing with Baker McKenzie since 1992. He is the National Coordinator of the Foreign Trade and Customs Practice Group in Mexico, the Firm's Latin American Regional Coordinator of the International Commercial & Trade Practice Group, and member of the Steering Committee for the Global Automotive Industry Group. During his professional practice, Mr. Padron-Castillo has extensive experience in the manufacturing “maquiladora” industry in all matters associated to their business planning and compliance. He concentrated his practice in the representation of foreign investors doing business in Mexico.

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Alison Stafford Powell has considerable experience counseling US and non-US companies on cross-border outbound trade compliance in the areas of export controls, trade and financial sanctions, anti-terrorism controls, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering rules, US anti-boycott laws, and US foreign investment restrictions under the Exon-Florio Provision. With a background also in EU and UK trade restrictions, she routinely advises non-US companies on reconciling US and EU trade regulations and on the extra-territorial impact of US trade restrictions. She is a dual US/English qualified lawyer and has worked in the Firm’s London, Washington, DC and Palo Alto offices since 1996.

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Joyce Smith is a partner in the San Francisco office and chair of the California International Commercial Practice Group. Joyce leads the Firm's Global IP Transactions and Tax Practice, chairs the Firm's North American International Commercial Practice Steering Committee and serves as the California Offices representative on the North America Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Joyce's practice focuses on advising multinational companies on cross-border commercial transactions, IP and technology licensing, development and acquisitions, IP migrations for post-acquisition integrations and international tax reorganizations, implementation of international tax restructurings, FCPA compliance and due diligence, and other cross-border regulatory, compliance and commercial issues. She has represented clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations in a variety of industries with a focus on technology, e- commerce and pharmaceuticals.

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Carlos Vela Treviño is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Information Technology and Communications Practice Group in Mexico City, and the head of the Firm's Privacy and Data Protection practice in Mexico. He has vast experience in corporate, commercial and transactional work, including M&A, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and private equity transactions. A Certified Information Privacy Manager, he is recognized by Legal 500 and other international publications as one of the country's leading IT/C and media lawyers. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he led the IT/C legal practice of a Big 4 consultancy firm.