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International Trade Compliance Series

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When: April 13, 2021 to May 11, 2021

Where: Virtual


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International Trade Compliance Virtual Event Series
Presented by Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. Trade Group

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to introduce an exciting series of virtual events on the pressing international trade compliance topics of the day presented by the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. Trade Group. 

The global trade environment has changed in significant ways in recent years, with an increase in trade protectionism, new export controls around critical emerging technologies, and competition and conflict between great powers over who will drive the new economy.  This trend seems likely to continue in many regards despite the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election.  

This series aims to provide companies with some of the knowledge and tools that are needed to successfully navigate turbulent trade waters in 2021 and beyond.  Each session will last approximately one hour and will include time for Q&A and virtual networking.

Who Should Attend:
This virtual event is appropriate for all technology and manufacturing companies doing business with the DOD or buying/selling internationally. Your registration will give you access to all sessions in this series. You may have different company representatives participate in each session and there is no limit on the number of representatives from your company that attend.  

Make sure to save these dates to your calendar. If you’d like the Pittsburgh Technology Council to send you a calendar invitation as a reminder, please contact Monica Takacs at

A reminder with event access information will be sent the day before each event. 

April 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM EST
May 11, 2021 | 10:00 AM EST

Where: Via Zoom

FREE | PTC Members and Clients of Denton’s Cohen & Grigsby
$100 | Non-Members

Virtual Event Series Schedule

Emerging and Foundational Technology Regulations
April 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Presenters: Bruce Chiu and Susanne Cook
The U.S. Export Control Reform Act introduced the framework for new export controls on emerging and foundational technologies that will be key to U.S. national security going forward.  Targeted technologies include biotechnology, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, robotics and others.  Learn the current state of play and what this means for companies that operate in the emerging and foundational technology space, including the impact on foreign investment under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) regulations.

Special Extended Session - Doing Business and Trade with the UK Post-Brexit
May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
•    Roger Matthews, Partner – International Trade and Regulatory, Dentons 
•    Fiona Macleod, Regional Director – NY & East USA, Department for International Trade (DIT), British Consulate General
•    Ben Brierley, Consul - Senior Trade Policy Adviser, British Consulates New York and Boston
Introduction by Kunal Khatri, Deputy HM Trade Commissioner, USA at Department for International Trade (DIT)

This session will be a joint program between Dentons and the Department for International Trade (DIT). 

As the UK’s unwinding from the EU continues in full effect, we are excited to have Roger Matthews of Dentons’ London office join us to offer his insights on the trade consequences of Brexit including how clients, both in the UK and abroad, can best adapt to the new reality. This session will touch on issues related to export controls, trade sanctions, tariffs, free trade agreements, trade remedies and mutual recognition.
Along with all of these changes come new opportunities for US companies that want to do business and trade with the UK.  We’ll hear from the Department for International Trade about how to take advantage these exciting opportunities while growing your business internationally. 

Agenda - All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
10:00 AM – Introduction by Kunal Khatri, Deputy HM Trade Commissioner, USA at Department for International Trade (DIT)
10:05 AM – Introduction by Susanne Cook, Senior Partner and Chair, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby International Business Team
10:10 AM Presentation by Roger Matthews, Partner – International Trade and Regulatory, Dentons
11:10 AM Trade and Business Opportunities from the Department for International Trade (DIT)
11:25 AM Q&A with DIT and Dentons
11:35/11:40 AM Conclusion

This session is sponsored by:

About Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. and the Presenters

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby is proud to have served the legal needs of clients in the Pittsburgh region and beyond for decades.  Following our combination with Dentons, we are now a part of the largest law firm in the world and are better positioned than ever to serve the diverse needs of our clients on a global basis, with 190 locations across 77 countries.

The Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Trade Group advises clients globally on a wide range of international matters, including inbound and outbound direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, transnational tax planning and compliance, immigration, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) matters and import/export controls. We represent foreign companies doing business in the United States as well as U.S. companies investing abroad.  Please feel free to reach out to any member of our Trade Group by calling us at 412-297-4900.

V. Susanne Cook - Susanne is a Senior Partner and Chairs the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby International Business Team. She is a business and corporate lawyer focusing her practice on counseling companies on international and domestic M&A transactions, joint ventures, emerging business, corporate governance, customs, export and licensing matters. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for International Trade and Finance Law, and was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Most recently, Susanne was named the 2018 and 2020 International Trade and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh by Best Lawyers.

Bruce Chiu - Bruce devotes his practice to export control and sanctions compliance, U.S. Customs, CFIUS, international business transactions, data privacy and cybersecurity, E-commerce, and general corporate matters. He is a corporate lawyer and founded the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Data Security, Privacy and Information Law Group.

Megan Finkelstein - Megan is a consultant with extensive experience in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) compliance, Free Trade Agreements, trade advisement relative to other U.S. Federal Agency requirements, foreign Customs and export control requirements. Her comprehensive experience spans all aspects of both civil and criminal Customs law. Prior to joining Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, Megan was a Customs Import Specialist and Special Agent for the U.S. Customs Service in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Steven Harris - Steve is a member of the Corporate group with a focus on International Business. He provides his clients with practical advice and guidance on all manner of import, export control and other trade compliance-related matters, including advice relating to the recently enacted Section 232 (steel and aluminum) and Section 301 (China) tariffs. He formerly served as Corporate Counsel and Director of International Trade Compliance for II-VI Incorporated, where he oversaw a corporate trade compliance department for a publicly traded engineered materials and laser technology company with 9,000 employees operating in 14 countries.

Thomas Maxson - Tom counsels clients in various aspects of commercial finance, bankruptcy, the Uniform Commercial Code, and creditors' rights including secured lending transactions, preference and fraudulent transfer actions, mortgage foreclosures, enforcement of judgments, import and export control matters, collection matters, commercial lien disputes and general corporate transactions. Tom is a Shareholder in the Restructuring Insolvency and Bankruptcy
group and the Trade group.

Ken (Jianmin) Dai – Ken is the Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group of Dentons China and is based in Shanghai. As one of the first lawyers focusing on antitrust law in China, Ken has more than 10 years of practical experience in this area. In addition, he is one of the pioneering lawyers practicing law in the area of data protection, privacy, cybersecurity, and export controls in China. 

Roger Matthews – Roger is a partner in Dentons’ London office, and is a member of the International Trade, EU Regulatory, Brexit and Government Affairs practice groups. He advises on international trade matters, including export controls and financial and trade sanctions.  His clients include businesses involved in international trade across all sectors, financial services institutions and government bodies, both from UK and across the globe.  He is currently particularly focused on helping clients to adjust to the trade implications of UK and EU becoming separate jurisdictions, and he brings with him extensive relevant previous experience, having served at the European Commission (on trade and sanctions), and as a legal adviser on sanctions and EU financial regulation to both HM Treasury and the Bank of England in the UK.  

Contact Information:

For content or logistics questions - Program Director: Monica Takacs, Sr. Director for Industry Networks,
For registration questions - Taylor Bombalski, Director, Event Planning & Special Programs,
For sponsorship questions - Ashley Steckel, Director of Business Development and Advertising,
For membership questions - Ryan Gent, Membership Director,