China’s New Export Control Law: Impact on Global Businesses

Wednesday, December 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

We invite you to join your fellow trade and compliance professionals for a detailed look at China’s promulgation of its new Export Control Law (ECL). The passage of the ECL and recent release of implementing regulations establishes a comprehensive framework that could spark an important shift in the global export control paradigm. We will discuss ECL basics and provide guidance on steps that companies should take now to ensure compliance. We will also examine the broader compliance ramifications that global companies may encounter with potentially conflicting export control requirements.


Please register online. CLE credit will be requested.

Questions? Contact Stacy Weiner at or 202.263.4184.

Resources from Avoiding Forced Labor in International Supply Chains

Customs laws have long prohibited the importation of goods made using forced labor, but recent government actions have led to an increase in goods held at the U.S. border and additional enforcement measures, including the use of sanctions against companies and individuals located outside the United States. We provided an overview of forced labor in the context of international labor standards and an increasingly complex international regulatory structure of hard and soft law frameworks addressing responsible business conduct, as well as best practices to reduce the risk of encountering forced labor in a company’s supply chain.


  • Lisa Gelsomino, President/CEO Avalon Risk Management; Customs and Border Protection Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) Member
  • Francesca Guerrero, Partner, International Trade, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Gabriella Herzog, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs, United States Council for International Business
  • Scott Young, Partner, Labor & Employment, Thompson Hine LLP

View webinar recording (YouTube) or slide deck (PDF).

Resources from Global Trends in Anti-Corruption Enforcement

Increased international coordination between U.S. and non-U.S. government entities has led to noteworthy prosecutions of non-U.S. actors. This program focused on these recent prosecutions, emerging market issues in Asia and South America, red flag issues in distribution and supply chains, and the intersection between government enforcement and politics. Please see the links below to access a recording of the webinar and the slide deck.


  • Rebecca Rohr, Vice President, Anti-Corruption and Global Trade, Ethics & Compliance Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Mara Senn, Director & Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Investigations, Zimmer Biomet
  • Joan Meyer, Partner, White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Samir D. Varma, Partner, International Trade, Thompson Hine LLP

View webinar recording (YouTube) or slide deck (PDF).

Resources from Beyond NAFTA: Navigating the Impact of USMCA

On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This trilateral free trade agreement affects many facets of the North American economy. Please see the links below to access recordings of the webinars and the slide decks from our four-part virtual roundtable series designed to help companies navigate the USMCA provisions and understand the rights and obligations of the member countries. Our discussions included counsel from law firms in the United States, Mexico and Canada and representatives from companies addressing these issues firsthand.

Session 1 – June 10, 2020: Labor & Environmental Protections

Moderator: David M. Schwartz, Partner, Thompson Hine

Panelists: Juan Carlos de la Vega, Partner, Santamarina + Steta; M. Scott Young, Partner, Thompson Hine; and Joel D. Eagle, Partner, Thompson Hine

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Session 2 – June 17, 2020: New Government Procurement Commitments

Moderator: Samir Varma, Partner, Thompson Hine

Panelists: Tom Mason, Partner, Thompson Hine and Marcia Mills, Counsel, Fasken Martineau

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Session 3 – June 24, 2020: What Happens at the Border: Trade Facilitation and Practical Questions

Moderator: Brent Connor, Senior Counsel, Thompson Hine

Panelists: Clifford Sosnow, Partner, Fasken Martineau and Alejandro Luna, Partner, Santamarina + Steta

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Panelists: Alejandro Luna, Partner, Santamarina + Steta; Aasha Wanless, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Polaris; and Steve Gardon, Vice-President, Global Indirect Taxes & Customs, Lear Corporation

View webinar recording (YouTube) or slide deck (PDF).

These materials are intended to inform clients about legal matters of current interest. They are not intended as legal advice. Readers should not act upon the information contained in them without professional counsel.