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Rod Hunter is a partner based in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie. He previously served as senior director for international economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates international trade policy and supervises national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases, coordinating the administration’s legislative, communications, and diplomatic outreach in particular cases, and developing the government’s procedures for incorporating intelligence agencies’ assessments. He also served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization. Prior to joining the Firm, Rod served as Senior Vice President, International Affairs, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led the industry’s international policy agenda, and as Vice President, European Government Programs, at the IBM. Earlier, he practiced regulatory law in Brussels, Belgium for a decade, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Boyce F. Martin, US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served as an associate to Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason, High Court of Australia.

Welcome to our first Virtual Year-End Review of Import/Export Developments Conference, a virtual offering for all our clients and friends worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major global legislative, judicial and administrative activities and trends in export controls, trade sanctions, customs compliance, and…

With global foreign investment scrutiny on the rise, not least in the current COVID-19 environment, staying fully informed and ahead of the curve has never been more important. For the latest developments and updates, please visit our new Foreign Investment and National Security blog (see here). This blog will keep users up-to-date in…

On September 15, 2020, the Treasury Department published the anticipated final rule modifying the scope of the critical technology filing requirement under the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). The final rule tracks the proposed rule issued on May 21, 2020 in aligning more closely filing…

Welcome to our first Virtual Global Trade Conference, a virtual offering for all our clients and friends worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major developments impacting international trade, in eight one-hour sessions which took place from 14 to 16 July 2020. Below you…

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with the global economy, disrupting all manner of business throughout the world. Stock markets have plummeted and many companies are having to grapple with the economic damage. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the transactional space, with many potential investors taking a cautious…

On January 13, 2020, the US Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) issued two anticipated final rules (the “Final Rules”) that replace the existing regulations governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). The Final Rules implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (“FIRRMA”) enacted in August 2018,…

On December 2, 2019, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a report concluding France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) “discriminates” against and is “unusually burdensome” for US companies, and published a Federal Register note setting out proposed tariffs as high as 100 percent on US$2.4 billion in French imports into the…

On October 2, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued an arbitration decision in European Communities and Certain Member States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, WT/DS316/ARB. The decision authorizes the United States to impose $7.5 billion in tariffs on EU imports for EU subsidies to Airbus, making…

On 15 May 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain that authorizes the Commerce Secretary to regulate the acquisition and use of information and communications technology and services from a “foreign adversary.” Broadly speaking, the order authorizes the creation…