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Join us for our 19th Annual Global Trade and Supply Chain Webinar Series entitled, “International Trade Developments in a Challenging New World,” which includes the latest international trade developments.

This year, in a variety of sessions, our panels of experts will cover the key developments and latest trends on sanctions, export controls and Foreign Investment Review regimes. On the inbound side, there will be sessions on opportunities and compliance challenges arising out of FTAs, hot topics on Customs valuation, trends in customs audits and supply chain compliance challenges and logistics.

Upcoming Webinar Dates and Topics

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Tuesday,
January 25
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Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Opportunities and ComplianceSpeakers: Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez (Mexico City), Eunkyung Kim Shin (Chicago), Reggie Mezu (Dubai), Ivy Tan (Singapore), and Alex Alberti (London)Moderator: Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez (Mexico City)
Tuesday,
February 15
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Hot Topics and Emerging Compliance Risks in Export Controls: Focus on US, EU, UK, and Canada
Speakers: Meghan Hamilton (Chicago), Ross Evans (London), and Brian Cacic (Toronto)Moderator: Lise Test (Washington, DC)
Tuesday, March 29
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Hot Topics on Customs Valuation
Speakers: Frank Pan (Shanghai), Paul Burns (Toronto), Alexander Bychkov (Moscow), and Esteban Ropolo (Buenos Aires)Moderator: Jennifer Revis (London)
Tuesday, April 26
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Hot Topics and Emerging Compliance Risks in Sanctions: Focus on US, EU, UK, Canada, and Russia
Speakers: Callie LeFevre (Washington, DC), Derk Christiaans (Amsterdam), Brian Cacic (Toronto), and Vladimir Efremov (Moscow)Moderator: Ben Smith (London)
Tuesday, May 24
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Trends in Customs Audits and the Importance of Customs Compliance as Part of Tax Compliance 
Speakers: Meredith DeMent (Washington, DC), Lionel Van Reet (Brussels), Riza Buditomo (Jakarta), and Jorge Ambriz-Cuevas (Juarez)Moderator: Nicole Looks (Amsterdam)
Tuesday, June 28
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Hot Topics and Emerging Compliance Risks in Export Controls and Sanctions: Australia, China, and Japan
Speakers: Anne Petterd (Sydney), Vivian Wu (Beijing), and Junko Suetomi (Tokyo) Moderator: Anne Petterd (Sydney)
Tuesday, July 26
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Supply Chain: Logistics and Compliance ChallengesSpeakers: Kerry Contini (Washington, DC), Anne Petterd (Sydney), and Can Sozer (Istanbul)Moderator: John McKenzie (San Francisco)
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Tuesday, September 27
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Foreign Investment Review Trends:  Focus on Australia, China, and JapanSpeakers: Eric Thianpiriya (Sydney), Laura Liu (Beijing), Junya Ae (Tokyo), and Ryo Yamaguchi (Tokyo)Moderator: Sylwia Lis (Washington, DC)
Tuesday, October 25
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Compliance: Sustainability and Supply ChainsSpeakers: Rachel MacLeod (London), Alexander Ehrle (Berlin), Ruth Dawes (Sydney), Sean Selleck (Melbourne), and Mara Ghiorghies (London)Moderator: Douglas Sanders (Chicago)
November (Dates TBD)Global Year-End Review of Import/Export/Trade Compliance Developments
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To register for this complimentary webinar series, click on the Register Now button for each topic that you’re interested in. These webinars are conducted on a Zoom platform. You can register for one or all webinars.

We hope that you will enjoy this exciting webinar series!

Click here to watch previously recorded international trade webinars.

MCLE Credit

Approved for 1.0 general California CLE credits, 1.0 general Illinois CLE credits, 1.0 areas of professional practice New York CLE credits, and 1.0 general Texas CLE credits. North Carolina CLE pending. Participants requesting CLE for other states will receive Uniform CLE Certificates.  Baker & McKenzie LLP is a California and Illinois CLE approved provider. Baker & McKenzie LLP has been certified by the New York State CLE Board as an accredited provider in the state of New York. This program is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted New York attorneys. Baker & McKenzie LLP is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE.

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This program has been approved for a total of 9 CCS/MCS/CES/MES credits (1 credit for each session) by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.

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Adriana has over twenty years of experience in customs and foreign trade matters. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2001, became National Partner in 2005 and a Principal in 2018. She has prior experience working as legal director of Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards in the Mexican Ministry of Economy where she participated in the negotiation of several free trade agreements (FTAs) and in the first dispute settlement resolution cases initiated by Mexico against the US under the NAFTA. Adriana has been ranked a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners at Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as well as Legal 500 for ten consecutive years. She was an associate in our Guadalajara and Washington, D.C. offices and currently Heads the Firm’s North America International Commercial Practice Group in Mexico City.

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Eunkyung Kim Shin is an associate of Baker McKenzie’s International Commercial Practice Group and the International Trade Compliance Sub-Practice Group in the Chicago office. Eunkyung advices clients on various regulatory compliance and trade issues, concentrating on the US export controls such as the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), economic and trade sanctions, US customs and import laws, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and foreign anti-bribery laws.

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Reggie Mezu is a senior special counsel in Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He focuses on corporate tax and has practiced tax for nearly 30 years, including in the UAE for 15 years. He has multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary professional qualifications in law, accountancy and taxation. Reggie is a chartered accountant, a UK chartered tax adviser and a solicitor admitted in the UK. He has lived and worked in the UK, Nigeria, Singapore, the Netherlands and the UAE. He is recognised as a leading tax adviser by Euromoney’s World Tax and a world leading tax adviser in Euromoney's Expert Guides.

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Alexandra is a senior associate in the EU, Competition & Trade department in the Firm’s London office. She joined the Firm as a trainee in March 2011 and qualified in March 2013. Since 2014, Alexandra has focused solely on inbound and outbound trade compliance matters. In 2016/17, she completed a nine-month sanctions-focused secondment to a FTSE 100 FMCG company. Alexandra is a member of the Firm’s Customs, International Trade and Compliance & Investigations Practice Groups, which are ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 UK.

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Meghan Hamilton is a member of the International Commercial Practice Group and the International Trade Compliance Sub-Practice Group in Baker McKenzie Chicago, where she has been an associate since 2015. Meg regularly assists multinational companies on sanctions, customs and export control compliance as well as other international trade matters, including commercial agreements and anti-boycott regulations. She is active in civic activities throughout Chicago, serving on the Young Professional Board of the Center for Disability and Elder Law as well as the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Legal Clinic.

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Ross Evans is an Associate in Baker McKenzie's London office.

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Brian Cacic assists clients on all substantive Canadian customs, trade sanctions and export controls issues, including complex customs valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, marking, remissions and drawbacks. He assists clients to develop and implement effective customs and trade compliance programs, and he regularly conducts internal compliance reviews, prepares voluntary disclosures, and represents clients in Canadian customs compliance audits and enforcement actions. He also provides trade compliance and regulatory advice in connection with corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises clients on trade-related legislative matters.

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Lise Test, an associate in Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Group in Washington, DC, practices in the area of international trade regulation and compliance — with emphasis on US export control laws, trade sanctions, anti-boycott laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms. Test served as a lawyer at the Danish Ministry of Defence where she focused on international public law and Danish torts, administrative law and military criminal law. In addition to her practice, Ms. Test also taught international humanitarian law and contract law at the Danish Royal Naval Academy.

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Paul Burns has over 30 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of international trade and commodity tax, including significant experience advising on Canadian customs and export control matters. For many years, he served as the Practice Group Coordinator of the International Commercial Practice Group in Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto office.

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Alexander Bychkov is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Moscow office. Alexander Bychkov is the co-head of the Firm’s CIS Tax Practice Group and the head of the CIS International Trade and Customs group, which includes professionals working in the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv and Almaty offices. In addition, he is a member of the Firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare group. Since 2006 Mr. Bychkov has been consistently recognized as one of the leading professionals in the tax field within Russia and across the CIS. His practice is recognized by Chambers and International Tax Review.

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Esteban Rópolo is an Attorney-at-law and member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association. He was a professor in leading universities in Argentina — including University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Catholic University and Universidad del CEMA — where he taught political economy, foreign trade legal regime and private law. Mr. Rópolo has written a book on competition law and also contributed articles related to his areas of practice.

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Yu Okamura is a member of the Antitrust/Competition and Corporate/ M&A practice groups. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked at a number of other well-known law firms in Japan.

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Jennifer Revis is a partner in the EU Competition and Trade Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's London office. She is acknowledged for her timely advice and responsiveness by the Legal 500. Jennifer has been on secondment to the UK customs authorities (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) in their tax and excise litigation department and to the Firm's European Law Centre in Brussels. Jennifer is frequently invited to speak at external conferences and regularly contributes articles to tax journals on customs matters such as De Voils Indirect Tax Journal.

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Callie C. Lefevre is an associate in the Washington, DC office where she is a member of the International Practice Group. Her practice is focused on all aspects of International Trade law, particularly compliance with US export controls, trade and economic sanctions, and US foreign investment restrictions. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Callie worked as a student advocate for the New York University School of Law Environmental Law Clinic. While there, she participated in environmental litigation and advocacy pertaining to water quality and urban runoff under the supervision of attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Callie’s experience also includes working as a summer associate at Baker McKenzie in 2014, where she participated in all aspects of International Trade law, and working as a legal intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Derk Christiaans is an associate in the Competition & Trade department of Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office and advises (multi)national companies on EU, competition and trade matters in various industries, including healthcare and life sciences, TMT, and consumer goods and retail.

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Vladimir Efremov is a partner in the Moscow office of Baker McKenzie.

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Ben Smith is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie's London office.

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Riza Buditomo is a partner in Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners' Tax & Trade Group in Jakarta. He focuses on corporate commercial and tax, and trade matters including export/import, customs, supply chain, food industry, direct-selling, anti-dumping, and corporate commercial work.

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Jorge Ambriz Cuevas is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Foreign Trade and Customs Practice Group in Juarez. Prior to joining the Firm, he was an associate and later an acting director in the trade and customs group of a prominent law firm in Mexico. He was also a manager and later senior manager in a Big Four accounting firm’s trade and customs practice. Jorge has also served as director of foreign trade and customs audit in the headquarters of Mexico’s Internal Revenue Service, and worked in the Ministry of Economy’s Trade Department.

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Nicole Looks is a partner within the Amsterdam Tax Practice with more than 25 years of experience. She focuses on advising national and international companies in all value added tax and customs related matters. JUVE Handbook on Commercial Law Firms, International Tax Review, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers recommend her as leading individual in the area of Indirect Taxes since many years and praise her as " "very knowledgeable about German customs tax" and as “very good and practice-oriented“. Nicole heads the European Customs Practice.

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Anne has been with Baker McKenzie since 2001. Prior to that, she spent four years with the Australian Attorney-General's Department/Australian Government Solicitor mostly working on large IT projects. In her time at Baker McKenzie, Anne has spent 18 months working in London (2007-2008) and more recently three years working in Singapore (2017-2020).

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Junko Suetomi is a partner in Baker McKenzie Tokyo. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked in the WTO Dispute Settlement Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Economic Bureau. She has also worked for a global law firm in Washington, DC and New York, and served as a court-appointed defense attorney in many criminal cases. Junko is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and other legal directories. She is the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association and a part-time lecturer at Waseda University. She was a legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance Japan's Office of Trade Remedy Affairs, Tariff Policy and Legal Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau from 2016 to 2019. She has served as an expert member of the Ministry's Council on Customs, Tariff, Foreign Exchange and Other Transactions since 13 March 2019.

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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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Mr. McKenzie's practice is focused on cross-border transactions and international trade regulation, including: Export Controls, Economic Sanctions Regulation, Customs and Import Regulation Integrated Corporate Compliance and Anti-Corruption Compliance: Advisory and Investigations International commercial and technology development and transfer transactions Mr. McKenzie was articles editor at the Harvard Law Review from 1975-1976. Between college and law school Mr. McKenzie served in the Peace Corps in the northwestern mountains of Guatemala. He joined Baker & McKenzie in 1976. Since that time, he has worked in Baker & McKenzie offices in Caracas, Venezuela and Taipei, Taiwan, in addition to San Francisco. For the past 40 years, Mr. McKenzie has arranged and chaired the annual Baker McKenzie Import/Export Conference, the leading international trade regulation and compliance conference in the West Coast of the United States.

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Eric Thianpiriya joined Baker McKenzie in April 2014 and is a senior associate in the Firm's Energy, Resources, Infrastructure and Corporate group. He has considerable international experience, having previously spent eight years working in London, at both a Magic Circle and Silver Circle firm. Prior to practising in London, he worked as a tipstaff to a judge of appeal at the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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Junya Ae is a member of the Antitrust / Competition and Corporate / M&A practice groups. He was part of the Competition Law Practice Group at Baker McKenzie's London office from October 2011 to March 2012. Before joining the Firm, he worked at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications from 1995 to 2001. Junya has co-authored a number of publications related to his field and was named a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Japan (Competition) from 2018 to 2020.

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Ryo Yamaguchi is a member of the Antitrust/Competition Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office.

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Sylwia Lis is a partner and member of the International Trade, Compliance and Customs Steering Committee in Baker McKenzie. She has extensive experience advising companies on US laws relating to exports and reexports of commercial goods and technology, defense trade controls and trade sanctions — including licensing, regulatory interpretations, compliance programs and enforcement matters. She also has advised clients on national security reviews of foreign investment administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), including CFIUS-related due diligence, risk assessment, and representation before the CFIUS agencies.

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Rachel MacLeod is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's London office.

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Alexander Ehrle is a member of the Firm's International Trade Practice in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office. Alexander studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Montpellier (France), Mainz, Munich and New York (NYU) specializing in Public International and European Law. He worked as advisor and member of a delegation of a developing country at the United Nations before qualifying for the German bar. He spent his clerkship with the Higher Regional Court in Berlin, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and Tokyo as well as an international law firm in Frankfurt and Milan. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the structural changes of public international law and their conceptualization in academic discourse basing his research on the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Alexander is admitted to practice in Germany and New York.

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Ruth Dawes is a partner in the national Environmental and Climate Change Group in Sydney. With over 20 years of experience and substantial expertise in all aspects of environment and planning law, Ruth has particular experience advising on major projects, sustainability and renewables. Ruth is passionate about helping businesses find new opportunities in transitioning to a net zero emissions future, while also being deeply involved in the required energy transition to renewables. Ruth is an experienced solicitor advocate who has represented clients in the Land and Environment Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Ruth also worked in London at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development and the Carbon Capture and Storage Legal Programme within University College London.

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Sean has more than 30 years' experience advising small and large corporations, multinational businesses and senior executives in relation to employment and industrial law.

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Mara Ghiorghies is a Senior Associate member of the Baker McKenzie Global Compliance and Investigations team, with a particular focus on antitrust/competition law and international trade. Mara advises clients across a number of sectors on global regulatory reviews of cross-border conduct and transactions, building defence strategies and securing commercial settlements. Mara has also spent time working in Baker McKenzie's Brussels and Tokyo offices. Mara was nominated as a Rising Star in the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2018.

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Doug Sanders leads Baker & McKenzie's US Environmental Litigation practice. He represents a broad range of domestic and non-US corporations before federal, state and administrative courts in environmental, class action, mass tort and product liability litigation, government enforcement, permitting and criminal proceedings.

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