United States trade control laws and regulations impact companies that use or resell US-origin products, components, or technology. The US Government can impose serious penalties for US and non-US companies who fail to comply with the extra-territorial US rules (including monetary fines, a loss of US Government contracts, or a complete ban from receiving any US items).
JOHN R. BLACK is a Principal of BSG Consulting and has been involved in US export and trade control matters since 1984. He advises US and foreign companies, law firms and governments on US export controls and has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. From 1984–88 he worked for the US Commerce Department, where he wrote the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreted it for government and industry. He uses his comprehensive knowledge of the US rules that impact military and commercial companies to help his clients stay in compliance without missing legitimate business opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences around the world and has written numerous articles and several books on the subject.
SCOTT M. GEARITY is a Principal of BSG Consulting, bringing over a decade of consulting, training and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients. Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in military, dual-use and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking and software industries. Mr. Gearity joined BSG from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company’s export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US customs broker.
TATMAN R. SAVIO is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and a registered foreign lawyer in the firm’s Hong Kong office. She counsels clients on US law and policy affecting international trade and business, including export control laws, sanctions programs, ustoms laws, anticorruption laws, anti-money laundering laws, antiboycott regulations and foreign investment in the United States. Ms. Savio has assisted clients in a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, defense, energy, engineering and construction, entertainment, financial services, high technology, logistics and freight-forwarding, medical products, mining, private equity, public policy and academic research, retail, and telecommunications. Ms. Savio received her B.A. with highest distinction in political and social thought from the University of Virginia in 2000. She received her J.D. with honors in 2005 from the University of Texas School of Law
SCOTT ANDERSON (invited) is the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Regional Export Control Officer (ECO) attached to the Commercial Section of the US Embassy in Singapore. Serving as the principal Embassy advisor on strategic trade control issues, Mr. Anderson builds and maintains good relationships with regional governments and industries. Conducting pre-license and post-shipment verifications of US goods and technology is one of his main responsibilities. This is Mr. Anderson’s first year as Regional ECO under the ECO program offered by the Office of Enforcement Analysis, BIS. Mr. Anderson began his career with BIS back in 2004, where he served as a Senior Special Agent with the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) in the United States. In 2013, Mr. Anderson was recognized by OEE as the Special Agent of the Year. In the same year, he was presented the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award, Department of Defense Counterintelligence Team Award, and National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for dismantling a foreign military procurement network of Military & National Security controlled US origin integrated circuits. He also received the Commerce Department Gold Medal consecutively for two years in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University at Stanislaus.
Date: Jan 9, 2018