Broadcast Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


The Biden administration continues to navigate the US export controls and trade sanctions amidst the growing human rights concerns and national security issues. Recent developments that impact international transactions and require immediate attention involve goods, technology/software, and military intelligence focusing on China, Myanmar/Burma, and Russia. Heightened regulations are also imposed on individuals and entities to avoid unfair trade activities. Thus, being vigilant with the latest changes in the US foreign policy is increasingly important for companies having international operations and investments.

Join a panel of key thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group as they provide a comprehensive discussion on the recent changes and critical issues surrounding the US export controls and trade sanctions. Speakers will also provide practical tips and strategies to mitigate potential risks.

Key topics include:

  • US Export Controls and Sanctions: Recent Developments
  • Biden’s Foreign Policy: Impact on International Transactions
  • Red Flags in International Trading: What Businesses Should Know
  • Practical Tips to Mitigate Potential Risks
  • International Investments: What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation: 

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of international trade law


Course Code:  



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Jonathan Cross, Counsel
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Based in New York, Jonathan Cross’s practice focuses on government investigations and regulatory matters, including US economic sanctions and export control issues, CFIUS foreign investment filing issues, and sanctions-related transactional compliance diligence. He also has substantial experience in the field of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on transnational business disputes as well as project finance and infrastructure-related litigation.

In addition to this work, Jonathan regularly contributes to Herbert Smith Freehills’ sanctions blog, available at, which covers the latest trends and developments in the sanctions space, and produces a podcast, Designated, concerning sanctions law and sanctions compliance.

Elizabeth K. Lowe , Partner
Venable LLP

Liz Lowe focuses on international trade and customs, and maritime/transportation and shipping issues. Liz counsels U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a variety of cross-border regulatory and policy matters, transportation and logistics matters, and import/export compliance matters. Her work includes internal compliance reviews and investigations, due diligence activities, voluntary self-disclosures, responses to inquiries from federal agencies, compliance training, licensing, and transportation and logistics contract review. Liz recognizes the need to understand business priorities and to provide practical compliance solutions.

Farhad R. Alavi, Managing Partner
Akrivis Law Group, PLLC

Farhad Alavi’s practice focuses on complex trade issues related to U.S. national security, including sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, and compliance, as well as cross-border transactions and banking & finance. This includes OFAC and BIS licensing and enforcement matters, including advising on white collar defense cases. He represents clients around the world, including major multinationals, middle market businesses, and high net worth individuals. He is regularly quoted by international media such as The New York Times and the Financial Times, and has appeared on BBC World, among others.


SEGMENT 1: Elizabeth K. Lowe, Partner

Venable LLP

  • Export controls, sanctions and other restrictions on transactions involving China
  • Additional due diligence steps recommended for US companies, and companies dealing in/with or transporting US origin goods

SEGMENT 2: Jonathan CrossCounsel

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • OFAC Ransomware Guidance
  • Recent OFAC enforcement actions involving indirect USD nexus

SEGMENT 3: Farhad R. Alavi, Managing Partner

Akrivis Law Group, PLLC

  • Expansion and use of general licenses
  • Increased turnaround time at OFAC and impact on compliance
  • Afghanistan

Date & Time:

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Trade Lawyers
  • In-House Counsel
  • Regulatory and Policy Managers
  • Export Control Specialists
  • Trade Compliance Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • Chief Logistics Officers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Contracting Personnel
  • Financial Analysts
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Jonathan CrossCounsel
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Elizabeth K. Lowe Partner
Venable LLP
Farhad R. AlaviManaging Partner
Akrivis Law Group, PLLC



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