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Rogers Eyes Legislative Options to Deter Chinese Economic Espionage
April 3, 2013 — Inside U.S. Trade
Washington, D.C.-based counsel and member of the International Trade and International Dispute Resolutions groups, Josh Kallmer discusses how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process of a transaction on the national security of the U.S. could allow for the added review of cyber economic espionage.
USTR Plans New Teams For U.S.-EU Talks, Separate From TPP Negotiators
March 1, 2013 — Inside U.S. Trade
Jonathan Kallmer, Washington, D.C.-based International Trade counsel, offers commentary in this article that explores to Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's tentative plans to create a new set of negotiating teams for upcoming U.S.-European Union trade negotiations that would be structured differently than those engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Kallmer notes, "The intense negotiating agenda and the strain it poses on USTR personnel is less pressing than the shortage of financial resources." He adds, "This is an agency that is so nimble that it's always been hard, even before the U.S.-EU initiative, to find the financial resources to get people where they need to be to hold the productive, in-person negotiating sessions and other meetings that they need to be able to have."
Negotiating a Multilateral Agreement on Trade in Services: An Exclusive Interview with Trade Counsel Jonathan S. Kallmer
January 31, 2013 — WorldTrade Executive/Thomson Reuters
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade counsel Jonathan Kallmer, speaks with Thomson Reuters' WorldTrade Executive about recent negotiations of an International Services Agreement (ISA), that would help eliminate barriers among more than 20 economies including the U.S., EU, and Japan. Kallmer discusses the key issues of this 47-nation pact including a potential timelines, strategies, and the complexity of negotiations.
Administration Taking Further Steps To Attract Chinese Investment To U.S.
November 28, 2012 — Inside US-China Trade
Jonathan Kallmer, Washington, D.C.-based counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group and formerly Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, is quoted in this article which examines the debate about Chinese investment in the U.S. Mr. Kallmer notes that, "in general, Chinese investment contributes to U.S. job creation, exports and economic growth."
Market Access is Key Area in U.S.-China BIT Talks, But Outcome Uncertain
October 17, 2012 — Inside US-China Trade
Jonathan Kallmer, Washington, D.C.-based counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group and formerly Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, discusses the potential benefits for U.S. companies from a U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
5 Tips For Coaching Clients To A Successful Saudi Debut
October 9, 2012 — Law360
Crowell & Moring's Middle East & North Africa (MENA) practice was featured in Law360 as a result of the October 3, 2012 event in the firm's New York office titled, "Doing Business in the Gulf: An Economic and Regulatory Overview." The article focuses on best practices for companies and private investors interested in doing business in Saudi Arabia.
OMB Report Estimates USTR, ITA Sequestration Cuts at 8.2 Percent
September 21, 2012 — Inside U.S. Trade
Jonathan Kallmer, Washington, D.C.-based counsel in Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group and formerly Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment, discusses the reduction in funding now facing the USTR and possible implications.
America's Ailing Ports Invisible Amid the Country's Failing Infrastructure
September 13, 2012 — The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group counsel, Jonathan Kallmer, comments about the how important the ability to export goods in an increasingly service-based world is, and the value of water-based transportation methods when hoping to engage in business globally.
Expected Guidance on 'Simplified' Diligence Likely to Closely Follow FATF's Lead
March 28, 2012 — MoneyLaundering.com
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group counsel Cari N. Stinebower speaks to MoneyLaundering.com about the guidance expected from the U.S. Treasury Department on how to ease compliance controls on certain low-risk accounts and products. The U.S. Treasury department is expected to take its queue from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) call for jurisdictions to implement "simplified" customer due diligence procedures, which would allow financial institutions to relax the anti-money laundering controls commensurate with the lower risk of certain accounts and financial products.
According to the article, Stinebower said "The department is unlikely to veer from FATF's guidelines on simplified measures. U.S. officials could say that less due diligence is needed for accounts held for federal agencies, certain closed-loop prepaid products and small businesses that don't rely heavily on cash or have international ties."
US Companies Lose as Sanctions Strangle Iran
March 20, 2012 — Reuters
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group counsel Cari N. Stinebower speaks to Reuters about how difficult it is for U.S. firms, large and small alike, to receive payment for products that they sold to Iran, even for medicines and other humanitarian exports explicitly allowed by the U.S. Treasury.
According to the article, Stinebower said, "Everything from aspirin to multivitamins - you name it - it's all jammed up."
Global Insurers Targeted in Proposed Sanctions Against Iran
March 8, 2012 — Bloomberg News
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group counsel Cari N. Stinebower speaks to Bloomberg News about U.S. lawmakers' efforts to target global insurers as they seek to expand sanctions aimed at crippling Iran's economy and forcing its leaders to make concessions involving the country's disputed nuclear program.
According to the article, Stinebower said "U.S. insurers tend to be very careful about compliance."
Face Time, Surveys Boost Client Service At 17 Firms: GCs
November 30, 2011 — Legal Industry Law360
Crowell & Moring is listed among 17 firms that received praise from corporate counsel for improving their client focus in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2012 report by the BTI Consulting Group Inc.
According to the article, “While many firms have been increasing their emphasis on client service to remain competitive, a few made strong pushes toward more in-person meetings, satisfaction surveys and follow-up calls this year, earning them the designation of most improved in a new survey of corporate counsel.”
U.S. Enforces Anti-Boycotting Laws
November 2011 — WorldECR
Washington, D.C.-based International Trade Group associate, David “DJ” Wolff, speaks to World Export Controls Review (WorldECR)about the recent slew of anti-boycott settlements announced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for alleged anti-boycotting law violations. U.S. anti-boycott laws prohibit U.S. persons from acting with intent to comply with or support unsanctioned foreign boycotts. In the vast majority of cases, this means the boycott against Israel by the Arab League or other countries.
According to Wolff, “While larger companies fielding sophisticated compliance teams are on top of U.S. laws, dangers lurk for those smaller companies who may not know anything about the Arab League, the boycott, or the boycotting laws and run the risk of violating the sanctions without having any intention to ostracize Israel.”
Company Lawyers Sniff Out Revenue
May 11, 2011 — The Wall Street Journal
Crowell & Moring LLP is highlighted for its corporate plaintiff's recovery practice in this story about how in-house counsel are turning their legal departments into profit centers. Major companies, such as DuPont Co., Ford Motor Co., Tyco International Ltd., and Michelin SCA, among others, say their lawyers are devoting more time and effort to bringing in extra cash by thinking like plaintiffs.
Crowell & Moring chairman Kent A. Gardiner told The Wall Street Journal that the firm’s docket of such cases has doubled over the past five years. The firm’s recovery efforts for clients include a full suite of practice areas, ranging from tax and customs to intellectual property and antitrust.
Revising EU Trade Rules to Build a More United Europe
March 20-26, 2011 — New Europe
Laurent Ruessmann, Brussels-based partner and head the firm's European Trade practice, writes about building the unity of Europe through international trade.
According to Ruessmann, “the challenges for Europe brought on by the globalization of supply chains, the constant development of new products and technologies, and the changing policies of individual countries, are the same challenges that will provide important opportunities for building the unity of Europe in the domain of international trade.”
CPSIA Compliance Challenges Importers, Regulators
November 11, 2009 — Product Liability Law360
Bridget E. Calhoun, co-chair of Crowell & Moring LLP’s Product Risk Management practice, is featured for her comments on ways regulators and importers can avoid obstacles posed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), and the unique difficulties presented by China. According to Calhoun, clients should get assurances or indemnifications in their contracts “that products would comply with the rules set out, whether mandatory safety rules or voluntary industry standards.” She also suggests that “importers engage in an ongoing audit of products to make sure their contents are not altered, and to ask manufacturers to inform them whenever they change subcontractors or suppliers.”
"Practice Leader" Q&A with Crowell & Moring's Jeffrey L. Snyder
September 10, 2009 — International Trade Law360
Jeffrey L. Snyder, partner with Crowell & Moring LLP and chair of the firm's International Trade practice, is featured in a International Trade Law360's "Practice Leader" Q&A on his practice, the complexity of his cases, and his most notable accomplishments as a lawyer.
April 30, 2008 — European Lawyer
News of the press conference for Crowell & Moring international trade client, Jiaxing Association of Fastners, is featured in the European Lawyer. The topic discussed during the press conference was the European Commission’s recently launched investigations into steel fasteners from China used in a broad range of industries, including construction, automobile and agriculture. Crowell & Moring Brussels-based public relations consultants, Hill & Knowlton, helped to arrange the event held at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office.