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The Ever-Changing International Trade Landscape

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual Global Trade Conference. In lieu of our annual conference in Bellevue, WA, we are excited to again provide a virtual offering available to all our clients and friends worldwide! The conference will be comprised of nine one-hour sessions over the course of three days. Please join us on July 13, 14 and 15 for any or all sessions.

Our international trade compliance lawyers from around the world will review the major developments impacting international trade. Please see full agenda below for the details and timing of each session. You may register for each session by clicking the “Register for this session” buttons in the agenda below.

CLE, CPE, CCS, MCS, CES, MES Credit Pending

Event Details
Date and Time
July 13 | Day One
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

July 14 | Day Two
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

July 15 | Day Three
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Liz Rittinger​

[email protected]
+1 415 984 3853

General Inquiries
Anna Discutido
[email protected]
+1 416 865 6946

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Panel Date and Time
Topics of Discussion

July 13 | Day One

Overview & Trade Policy Landscape
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT

Globalization in an era of geopolitics
Biden Administration trade policy 6 months in CFIUS and international foreign investment regulation developments
The evolving foreign investment regime landscape
World Trade Organization: Prospects and Key Priorities
America’s Supply Chain Focus: Supply Chain Executive Order, ICTS Executive Order, NDAA s. 889 and Buy American initiatives
John Rood (Guest Speaker – Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy)
John McKenzie
Rod Hunter
Sunny Mann
Pablo Bentes  

Export Control Developments
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

Emerging and foundational technologies: implementation of the mandate of the ECRA
New military and military intelligence end-user/military end-use export control requirements
Huawei-specific “foreign direct product” rule and related licensing for 5G
BIS Entity List proliferation and implications
Hong Kong: Update on the implications of the changed status of Hong Kong
European and UK export control developments 
Implications of BREXIT and divergence of regulatory approaches and requirements
New UK guidance on technology exports, cloud computing and remote access
Encryption amendments and Wassenaar Amendments implementation
Janet Kim
Paul Amberg
Alex Lamy
Alison Stafford Powell
Ben Smith  

Economic Sanctions
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Iran – Prospects for US rejoining the JCPOA
Major new Russia-focused sanctions authorities for Specified Harmful Foreign Activities
NordStream II
CBW sanctions
Implications of designation of the FSB as a NPWMD sanctioned party
European sanctions
Russian response
EU/UK Sanctions developments and prospects post-BREXIT
New UK global anti-corruption sanctions
Alison Stafford Powell
Alex Lamy
Ben Smith
Kerry Contini
Sylwia Lis  

July 14 | Day TwoSpotlight on China Trade Developments – Part 1
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT

Sanctions against China
China-related Entity List Sanctions
OFAC sanctions programs used against China
Investment Restrictions in certain Chinese Military Companies – EO 13959 and EO 14032
Hong Kong Autonomy Act implementation
European Union, UK sanctions against China
Trade compliance and ESG Risks and mitigation in China-related supply chains
State Department Advisory
CBP withhold release orders
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Laws
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Section 307 of the Tariff Act and CAATSA provisions on North Korean labor
Semiconductor and Advanced Packaging initiative (BIS)
Alison Stafford Powell
Kerry Contini
Aleesha Fowler
Eunkyung Kim Shin
Sven Bates

Spotlight on China Trade Developments – Part 2
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

Implementation of the Chinese export control law
MOFCOM’s new export control compliance program guidelines
China’s Encryption Law and Announcement 63: import and export restrictions
MOFCOM’s Order No. 4: Implementing China’s Unreliable Entity List System
MOFCOM’s “Blocking” Regulation: Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-Territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures and China’s response to US and foreign sanctions
Implementation of China’s National Security Law in Hong Kong
Status and Prospects for the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement
John McKenzie
Ivy Tan
Weng Keong Kok
Vivian Wu
Iris Zhang

Import and Customs Developments
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Customs Valuation
First sale and the CIT decision in U.S. v. Meyer
Transfer pricing and customs valuation 
Section 301 Developments
Challenge to China lists 3-4:  HMTX case status
The Ireland/Northern Ireland Border Issue
USTR product exclusion procedures
Country of origin analysis (USMCA and “products of China” for section 301 purposes)
Digital Services Tax Developments and Section 301 investigations
ICTS – Developments Towards Protecting the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (EO 13873) and Protecting American’s Sensitive Data (EO 14034)
John McKenzie
Alison Stafford Powell
Christine Streatfeild
Gene Tien 

July 15 | Day Three

Export Control and Economic Sanctions Enforcement
8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT

Leading Cases: Lessons Learned
Export Control and Economic Sanctions Enforcement Trends
Expectations of Regulatory Authorities (DoJ, OFAC, OEE)
Ransomware – Trade compliance and data privacy issues in ransomware attacks
Focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain issues in sanctions compliance cases
Alison Stafford Powell
Terry Gilroy
Jess Nall
Helena Engfeldt
Tristan Grimmer
Sam Kramer

Trade Agreements Developments
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT

USMCA:  What we have learned in the past 18 months 
Comprehensive Pacific Partnership: Prospects for U.S. participation
The challenge of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Prospects for a US− UK Free Trade Agreement
European Union − UK Free Trade Agreement 
Various UK trade agreement initiatives
Transpacific Partnership (without the United States)
John McKenzie
Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez
Paul Burns
Jenny Revis
Ivy Tan  

Trade Developments – Rest of the World
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

South Africa
John McKenzie
Brian Cacic
Junko Suetomi
Weng Keong Kok
Alessandra Machado
Virusha Subban               


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