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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Proposed ICTS Supply Chain Review Regime: Devising a Roadmap

Start Date: 3/11/2020 4:00 PM EDT
End Date: 3/11/2020 5:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Baker & McKenzie LLP

815 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC  United States  20006

Organization Name: WIIT

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Email: info@wiit.org
Phone: (202) 869-3775

A Non-CLE Program Proudly Presented by The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), and The ABA Section of International Law (ABA SIL)

On November 26, 2019, the US Department of Commerce ("Commerce") issued a highly anticipated proposed rule with proposed regulations to implement Executive Order 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain." The executive order gives the Secretary of Commerce unprecedented authority to prevent or modify transactions involving information and communications technology and services (“ICTS”) originating in countries designated as “foreign adversaries” which pose an undue risk to critical infrastructure or the digital economy in the United States, or an unacceptable risk to US national security or the safety of United States persons. Any transaction in any industry that is ongoing as of, or was initiated on or after, May 15, 2019, can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and there is no mechanism by which a company may seek to clear transactions in advance. The proposed regulations in the current form will likely create substantial uncertainty for the U.S. and global companies that engage in ICTS transactions, potentially endangering deals.
Commerce received a significant number of public comments on the proposed rule. During this program, we will hear from a panel of speakers representing trade associations and companies that submitted comments. We will discuss the roadmap outlined in the proposed regulations, the challenges for U.S. and global companies, and the solutions presented by the speakers in their comments.

  • Maryam Cope, Director of Government Relations, Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Richard Sawaya, Vice President, National Foreign Trade Council
  • Cheryl Palmeri, Chief Trade Counsel, IBM Corporation
  • Patrick Lozada, Director of Global Policy, Telecommunications Industry Association

  • Maria Sergeyeva, Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Maryam Cope is director of government affairs at SIA. In this role, Maryam works closely with industry, Congress, and the Administration to advance key legislative and regulatory priorities related to semiconductor research and technology, high-skilled immigration, and product security. 

Maryam brings over a decade of technology policy and advocacy experience to SIA. Prior to SIA, she was managing partner for the technology practice at GoldsteinCope Policy Solutions. She also established the technology policy practice at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Maryam also worked at the Information Technology Industry Council, where she led advocacy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity, encryption, and supply chain security. 

Mariam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northwestern University, and a graduate certificate from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Women Leaders. 

Richard Sawaya joined the National Foreign Trade Council as Director of USA*Engage on January 19, 2009. In this role, he oversees the advocacy efforts of the coalition, which was formed in 1997 to promote alternatives to the use of costly and ineffective unilateral U.S. sanctions. Sawaya also directs NFTC advocacy of U.S. visa and entry policy reform as well as changes to U.S. export controls. 

Prior to joining the NFTC, Sawaya served in a wide range of capacities, from leadership of key U.S. 
business organizations and associations to teaching and advocacy work in higher education. Sawaya 
joined Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in 1979, where he remained until 2000, holding a number of 
positions, including Senior Speechwriter and Manager of Planning and Corporate Issues at the 
company’s Los Angeles headquarters. He also served as Director of Government & Tax Affairs and 
Director of International Affairs in ARCO’s Washington, D.C. office. 
Patrick Lozada is the Director of Global Policy at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks. 

Prior to this, Patrick was a Director in the China practice of Albright Stonebridge Group and a Business Advisory Services Manager at the US-China Business Council (USCBC). In his role at TIA, Patrick sits on the Executive Committee of the Beijing-based U.S. Information Technology Office, an advocacy group for US tech firms in China. 
Maria Sergeyeva advises 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. She helps 
clients keep up with the trade regulations and sanctions matters that apply to their cross-border transactions and investments. 

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Maria worked for an international law firm's offices in Washington, DC, where she was part of the Private Equity and M&A practice and International Trade and Compliance practice. Maria's experience also includes working as legal counsel to the two multilateral financial and development institutions and as senior consultant at the Tax & Legal Department at a Big Four consulting firm in Russia and Kazakhstan. 

Baker & McKenzie LLP
815 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Nearest Metro:
Farragut North (Red Line)

Members: Free
Non-members: $25

Note: Discussion will be followed by a reception at 5 pm. ABA members can register at the WIIT member rate of $0 with the assigned code. To register click on “Non-Member Registration” and follow prompts. Enter code at checkout.

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