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Rob O'Brien

Rob is an associate in the International Commercial & Trade Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's San Francisco office. He assists multinational companies on various aspects of US trade law, particularly OFAC sanctions and export control. Before joining the Firm, Rob interned with the US Department of Commerce, advising middle- and low-income countries on commercial laws and development, and worked as an open-source intelligence contractor with the Department of Defense. Rob graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law for three volumes.

On 9 August 2023, President Biden issued Executive Order 14105, targeting certain US investments into Chinese companies or Chinese-owned companies engaged in three advanced technology areas. The Executive Order directs the US Department of the Treasury to issue regulations that will (1) prohibit certain categories of US outbound investments and (2) require notification of other investments involving the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Macau

On 16 June 2023, the US Commerce Department published a final rule implementing President Biden’s 2021 Executive Order 14034 on “Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries,” to amend the Commerce Department’s “Securing the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain” regulations, 15 C.F.R. Part 7. The amendments mainly relate to connected software applications.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled US Government Designates Russian Proxy Wagner Group as a Significant Transnational Criminal Organization; Sanctions Wagner Group Affiliates, Oligarch Affiliates, and Military Industrial Complex Firms on 31 January 2023. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.