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Following our first two short videos on key trends (see here) and the semiconductor supply chain (see here), Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the third in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the large-capacity batteries supply chain. This is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies.  

Large-capacity batteries are an important part of the energy transition. Demand for these batteries is expected to continue to rise along with the increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and the general trend towards clean energy supply chains.  In an effort to meet this increased demand, the Biden Administration is pursuing policies intended to increase domestic production of large-capacity batteries while also seeking to address environmental and human rights issues in these supply chains.

In this video Kerry Contini (Partner, Washington DC), Christine Streatfeild (Partner, Washington DC), Rafic Barrage (Partner, Washington DC), and Doug Sanders (Partner, Washington DC) discuss some of the key legal and compliance considerations for companies operating in this supply chain with a specific focus on the environmental, trade and tax implications.

In the coming days we will launch two more videos focused on the business and legal implications of the Biden Administration’s policies on the remaining two other critical supply chains that have been a major focus of the Administration’s efforts so far: critical minerals and strategic materials supply chains, and pharmaceutical supply chains.

We hope that you find this discussion to be helpful and encourage you to reach out to us to discuss what the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies may specifically mean for your business.

Click here to watch Video 3: Biden Supply Chain Policy on Large-Capacity Batteries


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.


Christine Streatfeild is a partner in the IPTech Practice Group. She has a broad range of trade, regulatory, and litigation experience, most frequently representing clients in antidumping and countervailing duty cases, safeguard measures, duties imposed for national security purposes (Section 232 duties), and Section 337 intellectual property and trade secrets disputes. She appears before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), US Department of Commerce (DOC), and the federal courts. She also routinely advises companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on issues affecting mergers, acquisitions, licensing, and compliance. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Ms. Streatfeild served as the acting deputy director of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and in the Environment and Natural Resources division of the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the Krieger School, Johns Hopkins University, where she taught Global Trade, Policy and Competition.


Rafic H. Barrage is a Principal in Baker & McKenzie's North America Tax Practice Group. He has almost 20 years of broad international tax planning experience. Mr. Barrage advises clients on a variety of issues, including restructuring and entity rationalization, IP migration, supply-chain planning and principal structures, the taxation of digital transactions, deferral and repatriation planning, foreign tax credit planning, and post-U.S. tax reform tax optimization. Mr. Barrage is a recognized leader in his field by The Legal 500 (2010 and 2011) (described as one of the "impressive younger partners" and "technically very strong") and as one of the Tax Controversy Leaders by the International Tax Review (2011 and 2012). Mr. Barrage is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught the International Tax Business Planning workshop since 2013.


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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